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Irish Troubadour Ken O’Malley to Perform Tomorrow in Encinitas

November 2014

“Ken O’Malley has emerged, without question, as the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California.” ­ Ric Gentry, The Irish News

On Saturday, November 22nd at 7:30pm, San Diego Folk Heritage is thrilled to showcase an evening of music featuring Los Angeles­-based Irish singer­-songwriter Ken O’Malley. The all­-ages event will take place at San Dieguito United Methodist Church (170 Calle Magdalena ­ Encinitas, CA 92024). Admission is $15 for members and $18 standard. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

At the age of 15, O’Malley opened for legendary balladeer Paddy Reilly at the equally legendary Old Sheiling Pub in Dublin. By the time he turned 18, he was gathering professional credits, among them a stint with Trudy’s People, a group he formed that played Gaelic shows on RTÉ, Ireland’s national radio and television network. Since arriving in Los Angeles from Ireland over 30 years ago, O’Malley has performed solo and as part of The Mulligans, Blended Spirits and, currently, The Twilight Lords. He’s shared bills with such artists as Mary Black, The Chieftains, The Saw Doctors, Michael Flately and Pierce Brosnan and continues to be an ever­popular and near­legendary constant on Southern California’s Celtic music circuit. In addition to his musical performances, he can also be found on stage and screen in productions ranging from Ray Bradbury’s “Falling Upward” to the Paramount Pictures feature “Patriot Games.”

A true ambassador of Irish culture, O’Malley infuses every performance with the rich history of his native land and audiences quickly become engaged with his compelling stories. O’Malley’s most recent release, titled ÓMáille (his name in Gaelic), demonstrates O’Malley’s considerable strength as a solo artist. These traditional arrangements, though spartan, brilliantly bring the music of his Irish heritage to life.

San Diego Folk Heritage is an all­volunteer 501(c)(3) non­profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the folk arts in Southern California. For more information about this event, please visit­omalley­with­the­neer­duwels/.

For more information about Ken O’Malley, please visit