Ken O'Malley and The Twilight Lords
As a soloist, O’Malley has performed throughout the United States and Europe and his appeal and that of the Twilight Lords is reaching out further and further these days to audiences everywhere. Having shared stages with world renowned artists such as The Chieftains, Mary Black, Paul Brady, The Saw Doctors, Gaelic Storm, The Fureys and Davey Arthur, Ken O’Malley and The Twilight Lords are headlining such well known California venues as the Hollywood Bowl, The John Anson Ford Amphitheater, The Redlands Bowl, the Pleasanton Highland Games, the Monterey Highland Games and are ever becoming one of the most sought after acts on the Celtic circuit.
"The Twilight Lords are the logical connection of ancient modalities to electric instruments. Their treatment of classic songs -- such well-worn Irish chestnuts as "The Foggy Foggy Dew," "The Water is Wide" and "Carrick Fergus" -- are never overly reverential. As such, five hundred-year-old melodies and lyrics have renewed vitality, and stand as welcome testimony that the resilience of Irish Music is a counterpart to the indomitable spirit of its people. Ken O'Malley and company are fond keepers of an invaluable musical heritage, and the perfect group to experience while hoisting a few right here in the New World."
-----From 'Irish Whiskey, a Pint and The Twilight Lords'
( L to R: Tony Zamora, Ken O'Malley, Dean O'Leary and David Raven)
Born and raised in Dublin, Ken O'Malley takes his audience on an auditory journey across the sea with his rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence accompanied by his remarkable talent on guitar and mandolin. His wealth of knowledge of Irish music, folklore and history is well known and he is a sought after performer and lecturer at schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States.
With his Twilight Lords band, his repertoire expands to also include a vast cross section of American roots rock and blues and British rock and roll. Examples include Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash and many others.
In the words of one longtime fan, “the songs Ken sings touch all of us, Irish or not, to the very core of the human heart.”
Dean O’Leary was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to Los Angeles to be part of a lifelong musical dream.
Coming from an entertainment family, it was hard not to pick up a musical instrument and ‘jam’ for family and friends. So, by 15 years old, he had his first paying gig on the big stage playing guitar all over Australia for his father, Jack O’Leary.
Winning the Australian Club Entertainment Awards (ACE Awards) in 2007, 2008 and 2009, was a big highlight in his career -- a prestigious award that recognizes Australian talent; the winner is carefully selected and nominated by elite industry agents, fellow talents, the public and venues annually. Dean took home several awards from there: Best Solo Guitarist & Vocalist of the Year (2007, 2009) and Best Duo & Trio Covers Band of the Year (2008, 2009).
Following the success of his work around Australia and Internationally for major artistes, Dean finally had a break in his schedule and re-released his single, ‘Time For Changing’ from his self-titled debut album,‘Dean O’Leary’ in August 2009. He continued to showcase his music at festivals and perform with numerous Australian and International music icons.
Now living in Los Angeles, he continues to be a sought after guitarist and vocalist, working with such noteworthy solo artists as Connie Stevens, Maxine Nightingale, Eartha, Kim O'Leary, Pops Fernandez, Kai Brown and Hudson Thames.
Tony Zamora was born to a large musical family in Los Angeles, CA.
Instruments, young musicians, bands and rehearsals were always present as his older siblings were part of the 1960’s East L.A. music scene. This was the same era that fostered Cannibal and the Headhunters, Little Willie G. & Thee Midniters and Los Lobos among others. These were hometown heroes that found national acclaim and were among the first Latino rockers to find success. This environment provided a fortunate exposure to music starting with early piano lessons then later playing in the youth orchestra for the Salesian High School Music program in East L.A. developed by renowned teacher Prof. William Taggert.
With an ever-increasing interest in roots, regional folk, country (especially California), ethnic music and a renewed appreciation of Mexican folk music came a period of journeyman touring/studio work for various artists including:
Singer/songwriter of LA. roots band Tremoloco, tours with iconic East L.A. band Los Lobos and jazz combo The Lounge Trio, long time member of Irish folk/rock band The Twilight Lords. Live shows with eclectic swamp rockers The Mojo Monkeys, studio work with country/folk artists Rick Shea, Fur Dixon, festival/club dates with blues artists like Kid Ramos, The 44's and King Cotton.
Songwriting and studio work with members of legendary L.A. hitmakers War now known as the Lowrider Band, David Hidalgo, Little Willie G. original vocalist of Thee Midnighters and members of the Tex Maniacs. Live and studio work with Ian McLagan, Stephen Bruton, Delaney Bramlett, Ruben Ramos, Greg Leisz, Redd Volkaert, Cindy Cashdollar, Joel Guzman, Jerry Donahue, Claire Muldaur, Jeff Ross, John "Juke" Logan and many others . . .