To hear your songs being sung in a little folky bar not 200 yards from the Kremlin or to hear someone whistle your songs on the underground in New York means one thing SUCCESS! Paddy Reilly has been a very popular Irish single for many years who has become a 20 year overnight SUCCESS! When people refer to your songs as "The Town", "The Fields" or "The Flight" it means SUCCESS! Paddy has that great, ability to take a song sometimes recorded by others and make what becomes the definitive version. The man who introduced me to Paddy namely the late Luke Kelly grudgingly described him as "the best voice in Ireland" quickly followed by "hut he always sings on the beat". Believe me coming from probably the greatest ballad singer ever, that was a huge compliment.
The why and sometimes caustic stage humour of the man, whether it be teasing a pretty young lady or putting down the Governor of Florida (which I've seen him do) or in fact make a pertinent observation of a current topic helps to place him above many as a complete performer.
Having known, lived, fought and travelled with Paddy for 17 years I can only describe him as a man who floats through life and doesn't mince his words and thereby hangs a tale!