Marty O'Reilly - Live At The Greys
terrace cred. presents:
Marty OReilly - just the guy, solo, his harmonica and guitar, playing songs he wrote or just songs he loves to play. Normally hes the front man for Marty OReilly and the Old Soul Orchestra, whove made a big impression on British audiences (including terrace cred.)at Maverick festival and club nights in the past couple of years. This time around, Martys on his own, and promises to be pretty dashed special.
From California, Sonoma County via Santa Cruz Uni, Martys a powerhouse player and an even stronger singer. Nearly impossible to classify the sound of The Old Soul Orchestra as a band, it is fair to say that a Marty solo show will find its legs rooted in Blues and Gospel, drawing heavily on the roots of what makes American music great. OReilly plays with the conviction of a veteran Chicago blues man that belies his Sonoma County roots.
He plays straight ahead and aggressively, weaving songs into medleys with such skill that the listener might not know when one song ends and the next begins. His guitar attack is fierce, he beats strings with rapid strums and furious note runs. He sways and convulses, throwing his whole body into the music, his head thrown back and mouth agape as he bridges verses. The song can swing wildly and he can end abruptly leaving sonic ellipses on the last line.
These solo nights beg exploration of every nook and cranny of the songs - not that Marty goes down some jam band rabbit hole, he just . . . explores. The audience come to expect the departure, accept the journey and willing to go along lyrically and musically. This is what makes these gigs so special.
10 in advance / 12 on door
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