IRISH FOLK-blues singer songwriter Marc Oâ€™Reilly comes to Limerick this Friday as part of a national tour to coincide with the release of his latest album, the well-received â€˜My Friend Marxâ€™.
Released in February, Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s album, an at times wistful collection of guitar-based tracks that has seen the gravelly voiced singer compared to Ray LaMontagne, among others, is one of the better Irish releases of 2011.
To promote the release, Oâ€™Reilly has been playing around Ireland and arrives in Limerickâ€™s popular alternative music venue, Baker Place, after recent gigs in the Roisin Dubh in Galway, DeBarras in Cork and Cobblestone in Dublin.
Following stints in different alt/rock bands, Marc began to make his mark last year as a solo performer, playing at last summerâ€™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 Marxâ€™s release on new Irish indie label, Salt & Shake Records.
The albumâ€™s themes range from the intimate to the universal, reflecting a turbulence in both the songwriterâ€™s personal life as well as global events, with plenty of humour and wonderful musical flourishes throughout.
An accomplished guitarist, the songs vary from gentle and touching odes to more orchestral affairs, with Oâ€™Reilly planting his feet firmly in the roots of folk-blues.
A seasoned troubadour, Oâ€™Reilly has toured the US and Australia extensively, and comes to Limerick with a wealth of experience under his belt.
We recommend you make the trip down to the cavernous Baker Place underground music venue to see the talented singer songwriter.
The newly established venue, which moved from its more regular home in the bar upstairs to the underground venue, has been establishing itself as the â€œgo-toâ€ venue for up and coming, alternative acts, and is set for an exciting month of March, with an impresive line-up of gigs.
Stay with the Limerick Leader for more information in the coming weeks.
Marc Oâ€™Reilly play in Baker Place this Friday, with support from Enda Roche.