Night Potion are Caroline McNicholas (singer songwriter/flute), Johnny Reynolds (guitar), Paul Callan (bass) and Shayne Rolt (drums/percussion). Their set is eclectic ranging from Traditional Irish tunes infused with jazz, blues and rock idiom to original songs penned by Caroline and Johnny. They have recently recorded a CD, ‘The Armada Sessions’. The album contains exciting rock arrangements of traditional Irish tunes as well as haunting original songs with a distinctive celtic flavour.
Caroline McNicholas is a singer songwriter from Dublin and has played flute from a young age. She has an MA in music from St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, where she specialised in composition and musicology. She has toured extensively with Urban trad band ‘Suas’ before collaborating with partner Johnny Reynolds as Night Potion.
Johnny Reynolds has been a professional guitarist for the past 30 years. He played on the Dublin circuit since 1982 with bands such as The Touch and No Shame. While involved with the latter group Johnny had the honour of supporting BB King at the National Stadium in Dublin 1985. After a short stint touring Ireland with The Karen Coleman Band, he joined The Rob Strong Band for 5 years touring Europe and Ireland. While in Europe they shared The Gothenberg Rock Festival bill with such giants as Deep Purple, Georgie Fame, The Kinks and Zak Wilde. Johnny went on to join acclaimed Dublin outfit ‘The International Blues Band’. They toured in the UK, Canada and Ireland where they supported James Brown at the Point Depot in Dublin. In 1997 he formed The Johnny Reynolds Band playing mainly original material from the blues/rock genre. He has recorded 4 Cds to date, Never Say Die (1998), Summer’s Here (2001), Rock Steady Blues (2002), Johnny Reynolds Band Live in JJ Smyths(2007).