Music Makers at the Gateway!

Michelle Heffernan shot the breeze with three breakthrough Irish music acts set to awaken our ears at St Patrick’s Gateway this Saturday evening…

This Saturday evening (April 14th), Labyrinth Management and Event are bringing three outstanding Irish musical acts to St. Patrick’s Gateway for an evening of eclectic and original music.
In the build-up to the gig, we caught up with Waterford native Marc O’Reilly, Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy, and soulful Wexford duo Basciville to find out more about their sound, style and secrets to making it in showbiz.

Marc O’Reilly
If there was ever a Waterford answer to Bon Iver, it’s Marc O Reilly. Marrying fragile, beautiful vocals with gritty sonic depths, Marc’s music powerfully straddles blues, folk and rock genres, and it’s no surprise his three albums to date have received widespread critical success.

Michelle Heffernan (MH): How do you feel about coming back to Waterford to play Marc?

Marc O’Reilly (MOR): I’m really excited to be back playing in Waterford city as I don’t get a chance to play here as much as I’d like to!

MH: You’ve been writing music since you were just ten years old? What has influenced your writing?

MOR: I grew up in a music family; my dad and uncle were in a band in Lismore called “The Loudest Whisper”. That was my main influence early on but now I write on personal experience and also comment on what’s happening politically. My earlier writing was more folk, whereas since my debut album the sounds has definitely got a lot bigger and nods more to the rock sound of the 70s.

MH: What’s in store in 2018/19 for your fans?

MOR: This year I’ll be touring and pushing the new album. Writing is definitely going to feature at some stage; I’m not sure what will come next really, I try not to overthink it and just go with it when I’m in the writing phase

MH: What advice would you offer a young person considering a career in music?

MOR: If it’s what you want to do then go for it. All the clichés are true, mind!

MH: Do musicians get more action?

MOR: Haha, see previous answer.

MH: Finally, describe yourself in three words

MOR: Stubborn, driven, and inquisitive.

Ailbhe Reddy
Songstress Ailbhe Reddy has featured in every major festival line-up in Ireland and UK, including Glastonbury. Electric Picnic and Body & Soul.
Her deeply personal lyrics linger on the listener’s ear long after play, and last year she sold out shows in London, UK and Toronto. Blonde, bright eyed and doe-faced , her soft and beautiful appearance wonderfully complements her heart-on your-sleeve lyrics and sound

MH: Your reputation in music is consistently commended. Did you always want to become a musician?

AR: I’ve actually wanted to be a professional musician since I was a kid listening to my mum’s Queen CDs in the back of the car. I only really took the leap to do it for real when I was 22 and started the process of recording my debut EP ‘Hollowed Out Sea’ with Darragh Nolan.

MH: Your songs are deeply personal and heart-felt. Were you always comfortable sharing this side of yourself?

AR: I think sharing personal thoughts and feelings through music can be really liberating. Especially when people connect to them. Although it was quite nerve-wrecking when I first started. Most of my song subjects cover mental health, and the complex facets of all types of relationships.

MH: What well known artists have influenced your music?

AR: When I was growing up I was heavily influenced by whatever was playing in the car during the school run. So whatever my mum had going (Queen, Don McLean, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, etc.) and the more contemporary music my older sisters played (Jeff Buckley, Fiona Apple, Ash, etc.)
At the moment I’m really influenced by Fiona Apple, Rhye, Whitney and Anglel Olsen.

MH: What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

AR: Playing ‘Other Voices’, signing with BDi, surpassing a million streams on Spotify and selling out shows in London and Ireland within a week.

MH: What advice would you offer to other singer/songwriters making the jump from amateur to professional?

AR: Have a lot of money saved up!

What would your “pinch-me” moment as a musician be?

AR: All the things I mentioned above were pinch-me moments. As boring as it sounds, I just want to have a good career in music where I can continue to write, record and release music I believe in, and make a living. (See Encore 2 for more)

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