From the oceanside forests and farms of Canada’s West Coast, comes the free-range style of O’mally, a fresh face from British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, and a breakout artist with a distinctive sound. O’mally’s well paced clawhammer banjo and acoustic guitar layer her strong and earthy vocals, and are complimented by the clear harmonies of fiddle player Elise Boeur, culminating in a collection of delightfully orchestrated yet simple old time and folk songs. Since the May 2010 release of her debut album “Speck”, O’mally has enjoyed a swift foray into the spotlight of popular roots music. She’s toured the lengths of the country for festivals and shows, hit #3 on the national earshot folk/roots charts, sustained time on many regional charts, and continues to attract the attention of swaths of new fans, peers, and media. She’s caught the ear of many a radio station, including every campus and community station between Victoria and Toronto, and Canada’s national radio network, the CBC.
Recorded on Mayne Island and released by Fiddle Head Records, “Speck” was unleashed to a welcoming audience in May 2010. Produced, recorded and tracked on by her brother Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird), “Speck” spent its debut month receiving tons of national airplay, with O’mally supporting it on an extensive cross Canada tour of performances and interviews. Backing O’mally on the album and live is Elise Boeur on fiddle, and a rotating cast of talented players, while the album contains appearances from such notable western Canadian musicians as Oliver Swain (bass), Adrian Dolan (accordion/keyboards) and Tim Tweedale (lap slide). It’s a fabulous collection of songs that’s catching ears across the country, wrapping listeners in its warmth, instrumental splendor, and inspired vocals and lyrics. Think Joni Mitchell, Dirk Powell or Nick Drake, and the combination of generations worth of musical influence, everything from Robert Johnson to Radiohead, and you have a sense of all that is O’mally.
Over the past three years O’mally has shared stages with Rae Spoon, Old Man Luedecke, David Simard and Fish & Bird, among others, and she’s wowed the audience at ArtsWells and the Sunshine Music Festival. Currently O’mally is busy tracking new songs for the next release, mulling over new songs concepts, and about to embark on another Canadian tour, starting in eastern Canada finishing in her Victoria BC hometown. Catch a show and share a moment with this up and coming Canadian artist!