O'Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, with his ear pressed close to the ancient hiss in the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O'Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins such as John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver, and Tom Waits. Whether it be his original pieces, or his renditions of old American classics O’Reilly tells his story through an old and soulful voice, propelled by a sense of authentic emotional adrenaline.
When performing with his trio, O'Reilly is backed by Jeff Kissell on the Double Bass and Chris Lynch on the fiddle. Their versatile musicianship, and soulful chemistry help to expand O'Reilly's songs into pieces that drive like a ten pound hammer, or float like feather and flow seamlessly in-between.
Sean Carscadden and Marty O’Reilly have played together the last four years, reinventing American classics and composing original pieces, ripe with rich vocal harmonies, intricate guitar and banjo work, and a fierce sense of drive and soul. Both are students and admirers of a broad collection of American music from Delta Blues, and gospel, to American Primitive and Western Swing. The duo has just completed their debut album “Broke The Moon”, released in November of 2012.