Lorkin O’Reilly

Biography

Lorkin O’Reilly is a singer and songwriter who writes reflective narratives that fall naturally into the musical spaces he creates; warm, confessional sounds, with nods to traditional folk music.

Since immigrating to the United States from Scotland in 2012, Lorkin O’Reilly has been making a name for himself as a commanding new songwriting talent. His unique transatlantic approach blends old-country inspired open tunings similar to that of Bert Jansch, Nike Drake, and Dick Gaughan; with direct and personal reflections and poetry in the mode of Phil Everum (Mount Eerie / Microphones), Bill Callahan, or Damien Jurado. His writing portrays not only his own reality, but experiences faced by most of us: the purgatory between childhood and adulthood, between new home and old home and finally the overarching struggle of finding a new identity.

…in the vein of the great English folk singers.

Tape Op

Born in Edinburgh in 1994, Lorkin’s early musical education was heavily steeped in the sounds of his mother’s native Ireland.  In 2012, Lorkin moved to upstate New York to work on a farm. He found an old acoustic guitar in a basement there and instantly began to write, resulting in his first E.P., “After The Thaw.”  Recorded in a single day on two-inch tape, “After The Thaw” is a small body of work that tastefully sets the stage for what would become his debut album, “Heaven Depends.”

Lorkin is entirely out of keeping with musical trend, and for that reason his songwriting is allowed to shine entirely on its own terms; fads come and go, songwriting this fantastic is a timeless wonder.

For The Rabbits

Heaven Depends” is the result of late night-writing in the kitchen after long days working construction in Poughkeepsie, New York. With songs that range from traditional reels to twanging Townes-esque imagery, the album is a musical representation of an immigrant’s journey. Using a multitude of instruments set against a backdrop of alternative tunings and fingerpicking “Heaven Depends” invites the listener on a complicated, yet ultimately beautiful journey.

Utterly haunting…

The Music Mermaid

The album brought Lorkin O’Reilly reviews from No Depression (“…a complete folk record that’s as strong as it is subtle.”); a video premiere for “Huckleberry Finn” at The Bluegrass Situation; and a tour of the United States as main support for Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals) in 2018.

…he charmed the crowd with his gentle fingerpicking and weighty, matter-of-fact lyrics.

Vanyaland, show review, Great Scott, Boston. October 8, 2018.

In 2019, he released the single “Twist,” a ballad that’s been streamed over ten million times. This was followed in 2020 by a triptych named “FORETTA,” which he dedicated to reincarnation and despair.  This year Lorkin O’Reilly returns with a newly minted citizenship and his second full-length album in tow.

“Marriage Material” examines themes of deep love, family ties, and broken vows. It was recorded mostly at home in Catskill, New York in 2020, and calls on Lorkin O’Reilly’s extended network of musical brethren for support, with appearances by Kenny Siegel (Old Soul Studios), Matthew Cullen (Ultraam), Sam Smith, Will Bryant, Lee Falco, Felix M-B, and Laura Quirke (Lemoncello). The songs amble with intent through the halls of memory; unafraid to lament, bear teeth, or poke fun as needed; as the artist tries honestly to see the future in consideration of his recent past. After emigrating to America at eighteen and marrying at a young age to later separating from his wife, then finally becoming a citizen; “Marriage Material” is a story told with quiet hope, recognizing that familial relationships are the building blocks of everything.

Tour History

2019
Saturday, January 19th, 6am – 9am
on Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Lorkin O’Reilly emigrated to the U.S. as a very young man, settling in upstate New York. A found guitar rekindled his love for music, eventually leading to an EP in 2015. He came to the attention of Team Love Records, which put out his full-length debut, Heaven Depends, one of the finest singer-songwriter albums of 2018. His songs convey a deep connection to the world around him, as well the influences of both his newfound life and his Scots-Irish roots.
Shrunken Planet Playlist here
Link to the segment on WFMU

US

Feb 01 Woodstock NY – Colony
Mar 21 Vancouver BC – Guilt and Co
Mar 22 Nanaimo BC – The Vault
Mar 23 Olympia WA – Last Word Books w/ Kendl Winter
Mar 24 Portland OR – The Strum
Mar 25 Sacramento CA – Luna’s
Mar 26 San Francisco CA – The Hit Gallery
Apr 04 Kingston NY – BSP Kingston
Jun 13 Catskill NY – Hilo

Ireland

June 28 Cork – Maureen’s
June 29 Kilkenny – Hole In The Wall
June 30 The Sunflower – Belfast 

Wales 

July 2 Bethesda – Neuadd Ogweb

England 

Jul 03 Stroud – The Prince Albert
Jul 04 Bristol – Cafe Kino 
Jul 05 London – The Pensioner
Jul 06 Leeds – Sofar
Jul 08 Nottingham – Jamcafe
Jul 09 York – The Fulford Arms
Jul 11 London – George Tavern
Jul 13 Oxford – Oddstock

Sep 05 Brooklyn NY – Elsewhere Rooftop *supporting Gruff Rhys
Oct 26 Hudson  – The Spotty Dog
Oct 27 New York – The Scratcher Sessions
Oct 28 New York – Sofar
Oct 30 Catskill – The Avalon Lounge

2018
Mar 08 Marlboro NY – The Falcon
Mar 14 Catksill NY – Hilo
Mar 16 Woodstock NY – Colony
Mar 20 New Paltz NY – Snugs
Mar 29 Catskill NY – Magpie Book Store
Mar 31 New Paltz NY – Nacho House
Apr 29 New York NY – Mercury Lounge
May 05 Catskill NY – Hilo
May 12 Pougkeepsie NY – House Show
May 18 Marlboro NY – The Falcon
May 26 Providence RI – Alchemy

Jun 09 Beacon NY – Dogwood
Jun 14 New York NY – Big City Folk Festival
Jun 15 Rensselaerville NY – Conkling Hall
Jun 16 Kingston NY – Greenkill Artspace

2018 continued:
Jun 22 Rhinebeck NY – Bonk Barn
Jun 23 Hastings NY – Sauna Sessions
Jun 23 New York NY – House Show
Jun 26 New Paltz NY – Snugs
Jun 27 Catskill NY – Hilo
Jun 29 Brooklyn NY – Sofar
Jun 30 Burlington VT – The Club Lamp Shop
Jul 11 Accord NY – Barn Show
Jul 13 Catskill NY – Star Route Farm
Jul 17 Tivoli NY – Tivoli Public Library
Aug 10 Kingston NY – BSP Kingston
Aug 12 New York NY – Irish Haven

UK
Aug 29 London – Folkroom Records
Aug 30 London – Folkroom Records
Sep 01 Stroud – The Prince Albert
Sep 03 London – Sofar
Sep 04 Dalston – Dalston Curve Garden
Sep 05 York – The Crescent Community Center Venue
Sep 07 London – George Tavern
Sep 08 Brighton – House Show
Sep 09 Derby – House Show
Sep 10 Nottingham – Jamecafe

Ireland*

Sep 13 Dundalk – The Spirit Store
Sep 14 Belfast – The Duncairn Arts Centre
Sep 17 Dublin – Circle Sessions
Sep 21 Carlo – Club D’Art
Sep 23 Clonakilty Cork – De Barras
*supporting LemonCello

US
Oct 05 Montreal QUE – Bar Le Ritz
Oct 06 Toronto ONT – The Garrison
Oct 08 Boston MA – Great Scott
Oct 09 Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade
Oct 10 Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Oct 11 Washington DC – DC9
Oct 12 Pittsburgh PA – Funhouse @ Mr. Smalls
Oct 13 Columbus OH – Ace Of Cups
Oct 14 Chicago IL – 1 st Ward at Chop Shop
Oct 16 Minneapolis MN – Cedar Cultural Center
Oct 19 Vancouver BC – The Fox Cabaret
Oct 20 Seattle WA – Barboza
Oct 21 Portland OR – Doug Fir
Oct 23 San Francisco CA – The Chapel
Oct 24 Los Angeles CA – The Echo
*supporting Gruff Rhys, Oct 5 – 24


Oct 29 New York NY – Berlin *supporting Nadia Reid
Nov 25 Woodstock NY – Colony
Dec 02 Beacon NY – Dogwood
Dec 06 Providence RI – Columbus Theatre

Lorkin self-releases a four-song EP called “After the Fall” on May 17, 2015.
In 2016, Lorkin played the Rabbit Hole at the Glastonbury Festival, followed by a short tour in the UK.
Jun 25 Glastonbury Festival (Rabbit Hole)
Jul 03 Brighton – Marwood
Jul 07 Eastbourne – Printers Playhouse
Jul 11 Bristol – The Croft
Jul 12 Oxford – The Library
Jul 14 London – The Slaughtered Lamb
Jul 16 Winchester – The Railway
Jul 17 Stroud – The Prince Albert