Album Review "Human Herdings" - Marc O' Reilly

I'm just going to go straight out there and say it...This may be the best Irish album I have heard in the last five years! Marc O' Reilly's follow up to his 2011 debut album My Friend Marx (review here) is an exciting mix of folk, rock, country and filthy, raw delta blues. There is not much I can say about Human Herdings, other than it is simply incredible.

This album excites from the very start. The opening track Same Side sounds like Ryan Sheridan spent too much time with Muddy Waters. Starting with a tense, giddy, almost anxious, muted guitar. It is met with some very tastefully placed bass and equally busy drums, before exploding into a powerful blues number. 

The performance on this album is something quite special. The guitar playing is marvelous, at times astonishing. the vocals are at times, soft and layered with beautiful, deep south, blues harmonies, more times they are dirty, gravelly growls, but they are always just right for the song. 

Picking out high points in an album this good is almost as difficult as finding flaws! One of the real stand out moments is You Never, a blistering blues track, delivered at break neck paceThere are moments of Fleet Foxes, Neil Young, Tom Waits, and one of the albums strongest moments Just So sounds like Mick Flannery on speed. For such a short record, this album has an awful lot to it. It is dark, manic, powerful, and raw, then it is soft, laid back and calming. It is everything you want from a folk rock album, great songs, clever lyrics, well presented and passionately delivered. The bar has been set for the standard of Irish albums this year! I can offer this record nothing less than full marks!


Human Herdings is available from Friday, March 28th. The single Reach out is available now. Head on over to and take a listen. Catch Marc on tour throughout the end of this month and April. You Won't be disappointed.

March 27th - Dublin, Whelan’s
March 28th – Cork, Cyprus Avenue
March 29th – Lismore, Roses West End Bar
April 2nd – Bristol, The Louisiana
April 3rd – London, Servant Jazz Quarters
April 4th – Leicester, The Cookie Jar
April 5th – Nottingham, The Bodega
April 9th – Leeds, Brudenell 2
April 10th – Bury, The Met
April 11th – Newcastle, The Cluny
April 12th – Glasgow, King Tuts

Taken from Marc's debut album, here is Foo. Enjoy...