Surrender To The Purity Of Marc O'Reilly's Compelling Artistry
Awash with the tsunami of music that the internet has unleashed, it is always a pleasure to find those rare beacons of creative and emotional authenticity that guide you to a satisfying and stimulating artistic shore. So when we came across Irish singer/songwriter/guitarist Marc O'Reilly, we knew we had found the kind of artist to whom we could set out musical bearings. Drawing on blues, folk, roots and acoustic singer/songwriter instincts, 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.
Casting a lyrical eye over the complexities, insecurities, nuances and vulnerabilities of the human condition, the subtle rasp and soulful huskiness of O'Reilly's voice is the perfect complement to the honesty, insight and maturity of his songwriting. From tenderest of sensitivities to the rawest of emotions, and from passionate declarations to urgent intensities, his voice weaves itself around acoustic six-string caresses and electric fret-board shreds with a purity of intent that is indeed most rare.
Quickly gaining acclaim for his ‘My Friend Marx’ in 2011, O'Reilly has gone on to gain a highly respected reputation on the folk/blues scene for the potency of his live show, and has graced stages across the U.K. and Europe, including major festivals such as Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Boardmasters. Releasing his 'Human Herdings' album in 2014, he has a critically acclaimed collaboration with his brother Pierre as the electro-pop 'R' under his belt, and has also provided vocals for the MOBO-winning act Karios 4tet on their 'Statement of Intent' album.