About Marilyn

Marilyn O'Malley's versatile vocals can be delicately beautiful, deeply passionate or even a bit raucous, but they are always genuine. A Celtic vocalist for more than twenty-five years, her performances are a delightful mix of artistry, humor and mischief. She exudes warmth and conviction, tempered by silliness. "You have to balance seriousness with light-heartedness," Marilyn believes, and she has found an entertaining way of doing just that.

Her repertoire includes bawdy songs, sea shanties, rebel songs, lovely airs, and her own songwriting. Her originals are often influenced by Irish music, with depth and variety, from profound to playful. She accompanies herself on her acoustic Taylor guitar, mostly finger-picking.

In 2011 Marilyn moved from her home in High Prairie, Washington, and winks as she tells us her car was picked up during a snow and windstorm and carried southward until it was dropped in Sebastopol, California. Since her arrival she's been playing with Celtic fiddler, Francis Small, and recently they have added lively percussionist, Ann Chambers to form Wild Green.

Between her solo performances and those with Francis and Ann, she jumped into the local music scene with her songwriting, performing at the Clear Heart Gallery, Sebastopol Gallery, Coffee Catz, Holy Cow, Infusions, Jasper O'Farrell's, the Glaser Center and more.

She was the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the Olympia-based trio, Metcalf, McKeegan & O'Malley. She performed in the Portland Irish bands, Sheer Audacity and Brigid's Fire, and sang in the acappella all-woman sea shanty group, Broadside. She also teamed up with fellow songwriter, Karl Smiley of Summit, Oregon, performing originals, Celtic, blues, and American folk.

Marilyn has written music reviews for the northwest's Victory Review, and an international magazine, Reed & Chanter. Her poetry and short stories have been published in several anthologies. She has been inspired to write many new songs since moving to Sonoma County, having been drawn to the area for its ecological consciousness and abundant acoustic music.

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