With gritty sonic depth, Irish songwriter Marc O’Reilly attacks his music with a bipolar verve that swings from reflection to sheer riotous joy. Backed by the tightest band in Christendom, rare and beautiful songs slam into wild blues fragments and effortlessly back to clean vocal harmonies and we are delighted to welcome him to The Crescent.
Famed for his electrifying live performances and has appeared at many major European Festivals including, Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, The Great Escape, Eurosonic and Reeperbahn. He has established himself as one of the most exciting artists within the folk/blues genre gaining comparisons with artists such as John Martyn and Bon Iver.
He has released 3 critically acclaimed albums and has recently released his fourth album ‘L’etre Politique’. LP, meaning “political being” is as it’s title suggests, a political commentary. The album was written over a period of 3 months from Jan to March 2017 and recorded in two weeks in the summer of 2017.
It deals with the politics of human interactions, from one on one friendships to more broader global themes of capitalism, war and globalisation. It offers an introspective look on universal issues-political beings, being political and the politics of being.
He has enjoyed some recent international success with his track ‘Bleed’ streamed almost 2 million times on Spotify and featured on the soundtrack of the movie ‘Whatever Happens’. His track ‘Healer’ was also recently used in the US TV series ‘Salvation’.
As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Marc has also provided vocals on 3 tracks for the new album by MOBO winning act Karios 4tet which was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, has received 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent and Guardian and has led to the recording of a live BBC Maida Vale session for the Jamie Cullum Show on BBC Radio 2.
“O'Reilly crafts his eclectic sound with no hint of affectation and imbues it with the kind of purity of emotional expression that proves genuinely moving in its sincerity.” Next2shine.com
'Great unsigned artist with soul and heartfelt emotion by the truckload' Recordoftheday
'Spectacular Talent' Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2)
'A stunning set of tunes' R2 Magazine
'Classic acoustic folk blues with its feet placed squarely on both sides of the Atlantic' Acoustic Magazine UK