Rod began playing drums at the age of 8, when his music-loving parents bought him a snare drum for Christmas.
He got his first kit 2 years later; joined his first band at age 15 while still in school, and turned professional at 18, cutting his teeth on the gruelling club and dance-hall circuit all over Ireland.
He eventually moved to London, and studied for a while with Lloyd Ryan. After a brief spell touring with Hazel O'Connor and some TV work in Germany with Roger Daltry, he joined 2 Tribes, eventually signing to Chrysalis/EMI records. They recorded 2 albums and toured extensively across the UK and Europe, including support tours with Extreme, Tin Machine (featuring David Bowie), and Rollins band. During this time he started getting calls to do other recording sessions, and also made several appearances with Marius Muller Westenhagen on German TV.
After the demise of 2 Tribes, he joined Fledgling from Boston, and moved to the USA for a couple of years. They signed to TVT records in New York, and recorded 1 album with producer Chris Sheldon at the legendary Long View Farm studios in Massachusetts. Fledgling disbanded after 2 years, and he decided to return to Dublin.
Since returning to Ireland, he has established himself as one of the country's most in-demand freelance players, working with artists as diverse as; Ronan Keating, Damien Dempsey, Brian Kennedy, Mary Black (with whom he recorded the multi-platinum selling album Speaking with the Angel), Albert Niland, Eoin Coughlan, The Vard sisters, Celtic Tenors, Tommy Fleming (Contender album / Platinum sales), Rebecca Storm, Cara Dylan, Marc Roberts, and others.
Movie credits include:
POINT BREAK - featured 'Criminal' by P.I.L.
ANGEL EYES - featured 'Turning Away' by Mary Black
IN AMERICA - featured 'Time enough for Tears' with Andrea Corr
Most recently, 2010 has seen him touring with the legendary Gilbert O'Sullivan, and he also performed at this years Glastonbury festival with Brian Kennedy as part of a major UK tour. He also recorded an album of new songs for the musical Dancing Shoes in Belfast. Recent TV appearances included a live performance with hollywood actor/singer Tim Robbins on RTE's "Late Late Show," and a live performance with the Legends of Swing on another edition of the "Late Late Show."
Rod says “My favourite cymbal has to be the K Custom 20" Hybrid Ride. I've used it in a variety of situations and it works beautifully every time. If I ever had to do a gig with only one cymbal, it would definitely be this one. For general ride work, crashes, swells, jazz, 4' on the bell ,etc etc, it does it all!"