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Fog City Blues: Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

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Explaining Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra’s music is like describing a remembered dream. 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 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 play next week at The Chapel in SF's Mission District, but not before joining host Devon Strolovitch live in the studio this Wednesday 11/16 at 9 pm.