Marc O' Reilly

Marc O' Reilly

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Folk/Blues/Indie with subtle Dance undertones. A voice continually compared to Ray Lamontagne and guitar style compared to John Martyn.

Biography

My Friend Marx is the debut album from the freshest Irish voice of 2011. Marc O'Reilly's roots may lie in Waterford and France, but his sound rests somewhere between the American-influenced folk blues of Peter Green and contemporaries such as Ray LaMontagne and Gomez.

Following stints in different alt/rock bands, Marc began to make his mark in 2010 as a solo performer, playing at last summer's Electric Picnic festival and supporting fellow Irish songwriters including David Kitt. He also began the creative and recording process that has led to My Friend Marx's imminent release on new Irish indie label, Salt & Shake Records (run by State.ie publisher, Roger Woolman).

The themes that run throughout the album range from the intimate to the universal.The turbulence of the last few years in both the songwriter's life and globally is reflected in Marc's lyrics as he moves from social commentary ('Narrow Street') to the folly of middle eastern war ('Lord of War') and back to the despair of failed relationships (F.O.O.). On the flipside, however, are humorous looks at family life ('Family Reunion'), a knack for some old fashioned storytelling ('Tell Old Joe') and spirituality ('Hail').

Musically, Marc reveals himself as an excellent guitarist with fantastic fretwork peppered throughout the album. The songs vary from gentle and touching odes to more orchestral affairs, unafraid to push the boundaries of the genre where necessary without losing the essence of a songwriter with his feet firmly in the roots of classic folk blues.

Marc's musical journey has seen him play across different continents following gigs in the US and Australia, but he has been back based in Ireland for the release of My Friend Marx and has been touring extensively around the country over the past six months. As well as his own album-launching headliners Marc has also played support to some notable artists such as David Kitt, Duke Special, Ham Sandwich, Fred, John Spillane, Peter Mulvey and John Grant(ex-Czars).
Summer 2011 also saw Marc play some of the bigger music festivals in Ireland such as The Cork mid-summer Festival, Body and Soul Festival and Indiependence Music and Arts Festival. My Friend Marx also won "Best Music Video" at the Underground Short Film Festival in Cork in July.
October see's Marc release another single(Narrow Street) from his debut album followed by an Irish and UK tour, as well as his debut National Television appearance on Ireland's RTE 1's The View program. Marc is also Toronto bound in the new year for the Canadian Music Fest.

Lyrics

Lord of War

Written By: Marc O' Reilly

Verse 1:
There is this one guy, I can’t think of his name
It reminds me of a tree or hedge
And he came over to the far east with bullets in his hands
Leaving nothing behind but a rubble and sand
So why are we, kept in the dark, left with images so frightening and stark
And why have we, got no say, we are all just the dancers while he is the DJ

Verse 2:
There’s a girl without her mother, there’s girl without her dad
She is living in a one room house in the back of Bagdad
And there’s a little silly Texan that I fail to understand
He’s got lots of bombs and money and stuff and cigar in he’s hand
There’s a white flag for freedom and there’s one for war
It’s got red and white lines and a corner full of stars
And you think you are on some moral ground climbing to a higher place
But when history writes you man, you’ll be disgraced

Passion lady, come and bring him down
Passion lady, come and bring him down
You don’t use the diplomatic, you just grab your automatic and go
For everyone that should fall, there’s another thousand standing tall

There’s a white flag for freedom and there’s one for war
It’s got red and white lines and a corner full of stars
And you think you are on some moral ground climbing to a higher place
But when history writes you man, you’ll be disgraced

Hail

Written By: Marc O' Reilly

Well I know it's time,
You'll be on my mind,
Tell me why why why, lady
Feel so real inside

Hail, to the morning sun
Hail, to the morning sun

Well I know it's time,
You'll be on my mind,
Tell me why why why, lady
Feel so real inside

Hail, to the morning sun
Hail, to the morning sun

And I know my faith, and I know my reasons

Lord forgive him now, Lord forgive him now

Discography

My Friend Marx- February 2011
(Salt & Shake records).
www.saltandshake.com

Set List

1) Lord of War
2) An African Day
3) La Question
4) Narrow Street
5) Tell Old Joe
6) Get Back
7) Hail
8) F.O.O.
9) You Never