Emma O'Reilly

Dramatic Pop Rock

New York, New York

As you guys know, I was in New York City recently to play at Mondo NYC, a music showcase in its second year. They say that pictures do more than words, so here are some images and videos from my time there!

First order of business in NYC? Rehearsal, of course, with Kevin and Gráinne of La Gracia, and Stephen and Tommy from Barq. The best band a gal could ask for. Friend an fellow musician Craig Kierce (who is on tour in Europe, get on it) kindly gave me a keyboard to use and a recommendation for a rehearsal room. 

The next day we had not one, but two gigs - the first of which was as part of the Marauder Radio Room in Rockwood Music Hall.  I was interviewed by Jess, who came all the way from Joliet Il to interview me for WCSF radio. That interview is exclusive to their station, and it'll be dropping soon. :D

Hanging out in Rockwood Music hall ahead of the interview. (That sink really works, by the way. Wonders never cease!)

Hanging out in Rockwood Music hall ahead of the interview. (That sink really works, by the way. Wonders never cease!)

Not too leave you all hanging too much, I had a little "post-game" chat with Billy from Marauder after our set. 

 

Oh did I mention that I left the keyboard adaptor in the rehearsal room in Brooklyn and had to change the set up last minute? Yeah. That is a thing that happened. 

That evening (...after taking an uber back to Brooklyn to get the power adaptor, of course), I had a show in Drom on avenue A. 

I was on a killer line up - Stereo RV, Alpines, StealthManu Lanvin, and Irish legends Le Galaxie, and I enjoyed the performance so much!

Naturally after the set, it was time to party. Just a little. 

 

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I am proud to say that playing Big Buck has taught me I have 0% accuracy when I try to shoot something. That's probably for the best. That particular night out also showed me that if you can find a virtually empty subway station at around 4am, the acoustics are gorgeous and you need to bust out your guitar and play some Taylor Swift. 

I spent the next few days hitting up conference, making friends and catching other live acts with Myra and Gabe from Stereo RV. 

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Obviously, I miss New York deeply and I can't wait to go back. But my adventure wasn't over - I headed up to Canada after the main event to hang out with my mentor and friend Sacred Oak Goddess. I even got a little performance in with my friends from Further the Lion in Hamilton, ON. 

When I got home after this amazing adventure, I went straight into the studio again to record something new...but that's a topic for another post. 

I'm so grateful to Music From Ireland, Culture Ireland, Marauder, Drom, Mondo NYC, Craig, Lisa, Gráinne, Kevin, Stephen and Tommy for making New York happen for me. Major bucket list item achieved. <3

As for YOU, if you want to emulate what hanging out in New York was like for me, I made a playlist for myself on Spotify and you are invited to join me in some imaginary meandering around Manhattan. (Don't forget to hit "follow" and save on my profile while you're there).

Thanks for reading guys. 

Grá,

Emma

 

FRACTURES release / UK adventures!

Hello wonderful people! 

I have so much to share with you here - let's get down to it!

FRACTURES EP RELEASE

So the EP has been out in the big beautiful world for almost two months now, and it's been getting some lovely reviews! Check it out: 

 “Fractures” is an incredible EP" - Dave McMahon, Street Ceol

Emma has clearly created a little niche for herself to create music that is beautiful and bursting with colourful fragments of wonderful art. - Danu, Indie Buddie

If you are looking for one of the most original-sounding Irish EP releases from the past few months then look no further than Emma O'Reilly's truly delightful Fractures...I can't quite put my finger on this EP, it's too hard to pigeon-hole or describe in a small few words, apart from mind-blown. - Remy Connolly, Remy's Film and Music Blog

A captivating E.P...a refreshing change to the mundane pop that is pumped into the music charts these days. There is so much emotion [in] Emma’s songs; In ‘Cervantes’, Emma’s voice is...haunting, and genuinely gave me the chills whilst listening to it. I had to pause for a moment because I was just in awe of how pure her voice was. - Victoria Susannah, Crazy Stupid Music 

I hope you guys are all loving it too - if you haven't had a listen yet you can get it on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, and you can buy it directly from me here if you like.  

There's also been some great coverage on Totally irish (98FM), Roddie Cleere's Irish Music Show (KCLR 96 FM) among many others - so don't be afraid to ask your radio station for it if you want to hear it. :D On top of the interviews above, I did a little video up on Facebook on the day of its release just talking about the process of putting it together, and sharing some stories about the songs!

UK Adventures

In June headed over to the UK for two gigs - one in Eaton Park Café in Norwich and one in Puzzles? in Peterborough. I had an amazing time!

Before I headed off over there, I'd been doing some postering for my gig in Dublin on the 20th in the Grand Social, and I stopped into my old haunt, Musicmaker. I went in to poster...I came out with a guitar. I called it Junior. 

So me, Junior, my giant bag of Merch and my ukulele (Arabella, yes we all have names okay) rail-sailed it over to the UK. When I got to Norwich I spent some time in the cafe checking out the piano (Lily...again yes we all have names) and then messing around with a bag of scrabble tiles for a bit of stop motion social media joy! 

I had a great time in Eaton Park Café - a gorgeous little venue and a wonderful audience. After the gig, the engineer came up to me and said "I found this, and I just get the feeling that you're collecting things," and handed me a tiny toy dinosaur. I hadn't CONSCIOUSLY been collecting things, but for some reason "Yes, I am!" Seemed to be the appropriate response. I took him with me and sat down to chat with some of the people who came to the gig. The name "Zanzibar" was immediately suggested. So the tiny dinosaur became KING ZANZIBAR. A) because we all have names and B) because he's a t-rex and thus a king. I love Norwich! I had a fun night out with some friends exploring the place and also did an impromptu set in Platform 12! He featured in many of my posts thereafter. I cannot wait to get back to Norwich on the 2nd of August - if your'e around, I'll have a gig on in the Bicycle Shop!

I also did a really fun gig in Peterborough - Puzzles?! A really great spot. Met a bunch of watergun wielding friends and played some music and wheeled a digital piano down the street. I also caught a really cool gig in the Peterborough Cathedral summer concert series by Peter Foggitt, who IMPROVISED  his whole set based on audience suggestions of themes and random notes. My favourite was the improvised study for left hand on the simpsons theme. <3

In the days that followed I went on a few excursions to Cambridge and Leicester, and I brought Junior with me. I attempted to go to an open mic in Leicester but when we got there, the venue had seemingly been closed for a few months. But you know that they say folks...THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Even when the venue is closed, yes, even then. THE SHOW MUST GO ON. 

In the gallery below are loads of pictures and a few videos from my UK adventure!

So what's next? 

Well I have a FULL BAND show to celebrate the release of the EP in The Grand Social on July 20th. I've also got gigs in Lahinch (Co. Clare, Ireland), Glasgow, Norwich and more so make sure you check out my tour dates to see if I'll be near you. 

Also - we've just hit 2000 likes on Facebook! Thank you so much to everyone over there for sticking around. Here's to the next 2000!

Grá, 

Emma

Pre-order FRACTURES now!

Hey Everyone!

We're getting closer and closer to the day that I release FRACTURES for you all to hear, and I cannot wait.

But if you LITERALLY cannot wait, you can pre-order it now. You'll get a download of one of the songs immediately, and as a side effect, you will cause me to do a small happy dance. 

MAY 19TH is the day guys - the full thing will be up online. Make sure you're following me on Spotify/Bandcamp/Soundcloud to get notified when it's live, and join me on facebook that day for lots of stories and general excitement from me.

I'll be heading to my hometown on May 25th for a celebration with some amazing local musicians - but keep an eye on my live dates! Hopefully I'll get to celebrate with lots of people in lots of different places!

Grá, 

Emma

P.S. Thank you so much for all of your voting for the Pure M Magazine Music Awards Best Female Category  - we made it on to the shortlist! <3

2016: Pictures, Videos and more!

Hey Everyone!

And a really really special welcome to my new website. Hope you're liking the makeover. <3

2016 is now firmly behind us. I don't really have words for it - it was a ridiculously mixed bag of a year for me. Musically, I recorded a new EP and started bringing my music to international audiences, which brought so many brilliant new people into my life, helped me reconnect with old friends, and kept me on my toes, to say the least! Personally, grief and illnesses among friends and family seemed to be cropping all over the place. Not to mention all of the horrible events unfolding on the world stage. 

But hey! Every day is a fresh chance to take little right actions, and this post is about just how much 2016 gave to me that I am so, so grateful for.  I did a lot and I had a lot of fun - here are some of my highlights :D

As many of you know, one of the most beautiful things about 2016 was feeling the support of fans and friends towards helping me make my music. A bunch of you got together to help me cover the costs of recording my E.P, and it couldn't have happened without you. 

I released two tracks from the EP last year - Shake and Count!

If you head over to my gallery, you'll see a bunch of pictures that are massive highlights from my year too - moments and performances that I didn't necessarily catch on video. :D

Another really exciting thing that I got done in 2016 was a NEW collaboration with Donal Sweeney. It's called Additive 161216, and it's only available when you join my spam-free mailing list. Sign up and let me share it with you! It's weird and wonderful and you're going to love it (if you're on the mailing list already, you can get the track by helping me out with a really short survey ).  

I'm so happy to be on this new site too - isn't she lovely? I'll be launching other features from here soon so do say in touch with me on the social media links below. And of course! Stay with me here so you can find out the latest with my EP launch!

Grá, 

Emma