Pictures by BrĂ­d O’Donovan

I’d heard good things about Marc O’Reilly‘s live show and he didn’t disappoint upstairs at the Oliver Plunkett last Thursday, October 9. Presented by Coughlan’s Live, a venue which is just after celebrating two years in business, it was a double headliner with the Hard Ground. The Cork five piece are two-thirds of the way through their Triptych EP extravaganza, and most of what we hear tonight is drawn from these releases, including the as-yet unrecorded third EP. The stellar ‘Two By Two’ off Triptych 1 is an obvious highlight while the sultry ‘Capon’ off Triptych 2 somehow manages to weave its way around the chatty crowd. It takes a few shhhs and “shut the fuck ups” (“seriously, like!”) for the crowd to fall under the spell Marc O’Reilly casts with his quieter songs. Its his bigger, brasher songs, though, which have people treating him like the pied piper of Waterford. It sounds like he’s in a rush, his jittery janglings racing for the last bus. But he reaches peak performance in front of a big, adoring crowd, ‘The Waywrd Shepherd’ providing a hushed singalong. It was one of those performances which leave you thinking the next time O’Reilly comes to town, it might be a mad dash for the last ticket.

The Hard Ground…………………………………….

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