"But I do play a bit. It's nice to do something different. I was brought up listening to Irish folk and I should be OK with that in this dressing-room."
A £4 million acquisition from Charlton Athletic, Reid has not decamped to Wearside simply to strum along.
"I haven't come here to be in a relegation dogfight every year," he said. "I've come here to kick on. There are clubs in mid-table, pushing for Europe, who are nowhere near as big as us. Everything here is geared up to challenging for that."