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Acclaimed Irish Balladeer Making Rare Appearance in Anaheim

Ken O'Malley with Jay Leno

By Press release, 2013-01-31
The Living Tradition Concert Series proudly presents Ken O’Malley with Bryan Dobbs and Juliette Primrose in concert on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Dublin born singer-songwriter Ken O’Malley will transport his audience to his beloved Ireland with his rich, resonant voice and engaging stage presence accompanied by his remarkable talent on guitar and mandolin. The University of St. Thomas at Houston pronounces that Ken O'Malley is "widely regarded as the finest Irish folk singer/songwriter in the United States today" and the Irish News calls this consummate entertainer "without question. . . the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California . . ."

The event promises to be a magical evening of music with songs in both English and Irish Gaelic, suitable for all ages. Not just a singer, about whom Dave Soyars of the Irish Herald writes "his powerful and emotive voice shines through on everything he does", O’Malley is also a cultural ambassador and educator who infuses every performance with a genuine passion and love for his native land and its people. 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". And on this very special evening of Celtic, Ken will be sharing the stage with Bryan Dobbs and Juliette Primrose.

Originally from New Mexico, Bryan Dobbs accompanies on the mandolin and guitar and adds the mysterious, the romantic and the attack to the group's sound and traverses the musical spectrum with the world techno sounds of the present and future.

A native of New Zealand, Juliette Primrose is best known to American audiences as a featured fiddle player in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. After completing her Bachelors in Music at Auckland University, she went on to pursue graduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (England), Scholar Cantorum Academy (Switzerland) and Berklee College of Music (US). She has performed with such legends as Dionne Warwick and Shirley Bassey, in musical theatre productions such as Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story, on film and television as well as with bands, orchestras and chamber groups around the world. Truly world-renowned, she is equally at home performing before royalty and in high-profile musical events as she is organizing a casual Irish seisiún or performing with a small klezmer or jazz ensemble.

Admission to this event is $16 (Children under 18 FREE with paid adult). Showtime is 7:30 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center Street, Anaheim, California, 92805. For reservations and information, contact Gary at (714) 955-3807 or concerts@thelivingtradition.org.

For more information about this concert please see www.thelivingtradition.org.
For more information about Ken O'Malley, please see www.kenomalley.com.

This concert is partially funded by a grant from the Anaheim Arts Council.



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