This is a pretty laid back album which has that quality of being able to enjoy the songs no matter what mood you are in, which is testament to the art of songwriting and music making Gary O'Dea possesses.
O'Dea from Tipton is another talent the Midlands can be proud of, although his sound is seriously chilled out that doesn't mean it is bland or lacks any depth of emotion, nothing could be further from the truth. There are a great many musical influences which come out during his playing and the almost under-produced sound using the skills of Eddy Morton give this album a rawness which you associate with the recordings of folk singers of the Sixties. O'Dea is a street musician who occasionally plays indoors and hopefully he will never lose that edgy feel to his playing. Take The Money and Run My Dear is a reworking of one his well known songs. It carries that same chilled out style of his and even has the odd Indian-style insert which could almost be a homage to The Beatles era.
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O'Dea is versatility personified, he is talented, knows his music and is a remarkably cool performer. His singing and playing is unpretentious and his influences are legion. He expresses and executes them extremely well, which leads to the burning question is there a stripped down Gary O'Dea? Now there is an album that would be well worth a listen.
Fly is released August 28 to order or buy the album follow http://garyodea-gojomusic.bandcamp.com/. There will a be a launch event for the album on Sunday September 6 at Katie Fitzgerald's, Enville Street, Stourbridge. The gig starts at 5pm and entry is £5.
You can also catch him on Friday September 11 at The Blue Piano Bar, 24-26 Harborne Rd, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 3AA. The gig starts at 6.30pm.