GIG: Marty O Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra with The Bay Horse Boys

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GIG: Marty O Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra with The Bay Horse Boys

Friday, 27th April, 2018 |8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra

Explaining Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra’s music is like describing a remembered dream. It feels familiar, but at the same time it feels new. It’s blues but  not blues, folk but not folk, soulful but not soul.  Marty’s voice is beautiful and distinctive,  his lyrics stark yet lush over gritty electrified guitar. Chris Lynch’s violin, Matt Goff’s percussion and Ben Berry’s rich bass meld beautifully. The chemistry of these friends is obvious. But one can also hear an urgency in the songs, expressing something elemental and perhaps contradictory: love and anger, joy and pain. The live performance is at the core of this project: the band enters a trance and the music is born again as something new every night. They go from raw gospel blues to cinematic epics, from heavy driving grooves to delicately arranged folk songs. They leave the stage out of  breath, the ground littered with broken strings and bow hairs.

The band formed in Santa Cruz California in 2012 and has been touring relentlessly ever since, from San Francisco to New Orleans to London to Seattle. They invite you to join them.

“A band true to its name: soulful” – NPR
“Delightful… well crafted music” – SF Weekly
“Raw musical excellence… guitar, fiddle and double bass played to within an inch of their inanimate lives.” – 4000 Miles to Nashville
“Definitely on the top of the Americana list penned by any serious connoisseur of roots music this year.” – Portland Tribune


Joining the band and opening the night will be Sudbury’s finest The Bay Horse Boys with their musical storytelling weaving between country, blues, rock, bluegrass & murderous Americana noir. Stylistically mischievous, the Boys never settle for formulas & everything is up for grabs in the pursuit of engaging & entertaining the listener.

The Bay Horse Boys are Simon Feasey, Lincoln Grounds and Daniel Hughes, and they’re joined by a rhythm section comprising Martin Bentley on Bass (Johnny Cash Roadshow, The Invisible Orchestra) and Damon Clarridge on Drums (Drugstore Cowboys, Sounds Of Simon)

“Up there with the very best of Americana produced this side of the pond in the last ten or fifteen years….” Stephen Foster, BBC Radio 

£12 general admission / £5 student   Tickets available here

Licenced bar

Wheelchair friendly


Friday, 27th April, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Friends of St Peter’s
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St Peter’s
Market Hill
Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2EA United Kingdom
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