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Marc O' Reilly and John Blek and The Rats. Right Here Right Now Festival

Cork Opera House

Sun 30 Apr 2017
11:00 pm

Marc O' Reilly + John Blek & the Rats. Right Here Right Now Festival. The Right Room* (On Stage) . *The Right Room is a new use of the stage space in Cork Opera House where the audience join the band on the stage for the show. Capacity is limited so advance booking advised. Marc O Reilly & Band With gritty sonic depth, Irish songwriter Marc O’Reilly attacks his muse with a bipolar verve that swings from reflection to sheer riotous joy. Backed by the tightest band in Christendom, rare and beautiful songs slam into wild blues fragments and effortlessly back to clean vocal harmonies. Marc has released two critically acclaimed albums to date, ‘Morality Mortality’ ‘Human Herdings’ and ‘My Friend Marx’ and has established himself as one of the most exciting artists within the folk/blues genre gaining comparisons with artists such as John Martyn and Bon Iver. Marc has toured all over Europe including appearances at major festivals like Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Beautiful Days, Boardmasters, Shambala and Dranouter. He has also played in the US appearing at the Live in the Vineyard Festival in Napa, California. His alter-ego side project with his brother Pierre, the electro-pop duo ‘R’, recently receieved excellent radio support for their debut single ‘Change’ from tastemakers such as Steve Lamacq (BBC 6music), Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) and Paul Mcloone (Today FM) and reached Number 1 on the Amazing Radio Chart. As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, Marc has also provided vocals on 3 tracks for the new album by MOBO winning act Karios 4tet which was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, has received 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent and Guardian and has led to the recording of a live BBC Maida Vale session for the Jamie Cullum Show on BBC Radio 2. “Sensational, Irish roots music has a new star” – Roots & Fusion UK “A most assured and confident set of tunes” – **** R2 UK “A scintillating album” – Folkwords UK “A wonderful album” – Irish Times “Little pieces of magic” – Fatea Sessions UK “Quiet remarkable and highly recommended” – Strutterzine NL John Blek & The Rats John Blek & The Rats released their second album, ‘Borders’ in Sept 2015 on their own imprint WARR ( We Are Rats Recordings) as well as through ToneToaster Records throughout main land Europe. An album that captures the band committing to tape a mature collection of new songs with a cohesive sonic richness, that embrace a fuller, fuzzier sound while striking a balance between experimentation and the tunefulness for which they have become known. This is the sound of John Blek & The Rats exploring their own musical chemistry, a band evolving, breaking down barriers and crossing new ‘Borders’. Following the critical success of their first album ‘Leave Your Love At The Door’, the Ireland based alternative folk group were eager to dispel any notions of ‘the difficult second album’ and decamped to the studio in-between tour dates. They enlisted the services of producer/ engineer Christian Best of Monique Studios in their home town of Cork city where they wrote, recorded and mixed the tracks for their new album between winter ’14 and spring ’15. John explains: “Having spent a few years playing together we wanted to progress and evolve our sound with this album. The writing was very intuitive, these songs came together quite quickly, with the band featuring more prominently than previous recordings. Lyrically, I wanted to explore the contrasts of light and dark, examine the notions of right and wrong; to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” ‘Borders’ was released on CD / Vinyl and all digital platforms through the bands own imprint – We Are Rats Recordings (WARR) – in Ireland on Friday 18th September. Having also inked a licensing deal the album was released and distributed throughout Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland through Tonetoaster Records on Friday 30th October. “★ ★ ★ ★ While their debut made good currency out of alt. country leanings, these nine tracks are more cohesive and mature, A band on the up. 4 Stars” — The Irish Times “Poetic, powerful and oftentimes haunting. . . The band’s best and most complex album yet” — Irish Echo (U.S.A) “John Blek & The Rats combine their country sound with wonderful melodies, moving music that retains its timelessness and emotional effectiveness as it transcends the boundaries of region and genre. It takes hold of you from the very beginning and doesn’t let you go. 10/10.”— DER HORSPIEGEL (DEU) “Defiantly knocking on the door of major international breakthrough with their Americana rock sound fused with perfectly crafted songs” — Evening Echo (IRL) “AN IRISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR TOM DUNNE (NEWSTALK)”

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