Mike O'Malley has always believed that songs are inextricable from their occasions. It's why he could never slow-dance to "Tears in Heaven" or shag to "Last Kiss" in high school. His task, as he sees it now, is to match songs to the occasion of his present.
On "Beastie," his debut LP, he can be heard summoning the totality of his resources to do so, folding the Irish folk of his distant heritage into his dramatic and quixotic aesthetic. He sings about the indignity of a grudge held too long ("Garden"), the vertigo of being too specialized ("Hang by a Thread"), the white-hot fear accompanying the accidents that move time ("Noble Rot") and offers, at the end, a benediction ("Come Low").
He resides in Brooklyn, New York, where he moved from his beloved North Carolina.
IRISH BOUZOUKI - Trinity College TM-375 with LR Baggs Lyric Pickup
MANDOCELLO - Weber Gallatin
Mike met those who would come to constitute the Beastie Band at an Open Mic he hosted at a bar called Supercollider. The razor-voiced Cassondra Alvord blew in as an afterthought on the way home and fairly leveled the place in two songs. Impish alto Christy Hall was cajoled by an old friend into resuming a bookmarked performance career at that very bar. The three fell into playing together nearly by accident and in the midst of that accident met bass prodigy Dave Shelton and quiet string sentinel Weini Tekeste. They look forward to roaring with you.
MIKE O'MALLEY - Vocals, Bouzouki, Mandocello
CASSONDRA ALVORD - Vocals, Flute
CHRISTY HALL - Vocals
WEINI TAKESTE - Violin, Viola
DAVE SHELTON - Bass
Mike O'Malley and Kevin McCormack met in the winter of 2014 at a bar in Brooklyn which would later burn down under dubious circumstances. Taking this as fair portent, the two have been burning pubs down ever since with their high energy sets of traditional Irish folk music adorned with tight harmonies. They're joined by banjo/mandolin virtuoso Sebastian MacLochlainn from Donegal for a six-man sound produced by three men. Keep an eye on your local for them.
MIKE O'MALLEY - Vocals, Bouzouki
SEBASTIAN MACLOCHLAINN - Tenor Banjo, Mandolin
With Beastie Band:
2/19/2017 Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) 10:30
Every Friday Maguire's (Queens) 10ish
Every Saturday Copper Kettle (Queens) 11pm
Every Sunday The Long Hall (NYC) 8pm
RiRa Georgetown (DC):
4/9/2017 with Brian Gormley 9pm-12pm
Directed by Rhett DuPont
Music by Mike O'Malley
Mike O'Malley + The Beastie Band @ The Way Station and Supercollider
Mike O'Malley + The Beastie Band @ Saint Vitus