The University of St. Thomas at Houston says that Ken O'Malley is "widely regarded as the finest Irish folk singer/songwriter in the United States today"; this statement rings true in each and every track of "ÓMáille".
In this treasured collection of old and new favorites, Dublin born O'Malley not only demonstrates his talent as a master musician but brings to life the heart and soul of his native land. Close your eyes and journey to the "City of Chicago" where wistful immigrants are dreaming of the hills of Donegal. Imagine yourself among the Irish immigrants who found themselves on the battlefields of the Civil War sharing "Mick Ryan's Lament".
Experience the fond memory of "Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore"; take "The Night Ferry" back home again to Ireland from a distant shore and find that, in "Westport Town", there's no place like home.
You can also a visit a welcoming pub with "I'm a Rover" bid farewell to "The Homes of Donegal" or sing along, in traditional Irish Gaelic, with "Tá Mo Chleamhnas Déanta/My Match was Made." Also on the album are two beautiful and heartfelt love songs: "Éamon an Chnoic" and "Heaven Knows". Finally, rounding out the collection, are fine traditional instrumental renditions of the well-known "O'Carolan's Concerto" and the "Ballydesmond Polkas".
This stellar work is a "must have" for any serious collector of the finest in Irish music.