Emma O'Reilly

Dramatic Pop Rock

Photo by Laura Sheeran, Styled by Sirpa Kuusela

Photo by Laura Sheeran, Styled by Sirpa Kuusela

Striking...O’Reilly takes centre stage.
— Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
A seriously talented songwriter and musician.
— Ian Martin, Goldenplec

A native of Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Emma grew up listening to pop music and doing as much acting and musical theatre as she could, learning piano and guitar along the way. She went on to study music at Trinity College Dublin, majoring in Music technology. Since graduating, Emma has been a musical chameleon, involved in Funk, Folk, Gospel, Choral and Contemporary Classical scenes, and even writing for Theatre. Over the years, Emma recorded, produced and released several EPs and stand alone singles herself before stepping into the studio in 2014 to create PURGE, a short collection of songs with an orchestral sound, which saw her compared to the likes of Kate Bush, I Have a Tribe, Tori Amos and Cathy Davey.

In 2015, disaster struck in the form of severe tendonitis, and she had to take several months away from music to recover. After some space and some hard work, 2016 saw Emma hit the ground running, recording a brand new EP (FRACTURES), and touring in Ireland, the UK, Canada, the US and Lithuania.

Emma's two releases from her forthcoming EP have received airplay on The John Creedon Show (RTE 1), RTE Arena (RTE 1), The Blue of the Night (Lyric FM), Totally Irish with John Barker (98FM), Across the Line (BBC Ulster), The Roddie Cleere Show (KCLR), Flirt FM, Dublin City FM, and 2XFM.

Emma’s new EP explores a sound much closer to her live shows, and digs into her alternative rock influences. The result is alternately introspective and ferocious, vulnerable and dramatic, intricate and engaging.