The Wimberley Concert Association Presents O'Malarkey!


High energy local Celtic/Irish band performs in Wimberley on Thursday, March 8, 2007.

7 PM
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
101 Spoke Hill Road
Wimberley, Texas

On Thursday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. the Wimberley Concert Association features O'Malarkey!, a high energy local Celtic/Irish band formed in 2001. O'Malarkey has played regularly at Excalibur Fantasy Faire in Lockhart, Salado's Tablerock Fantasy Faire, the Texas Folklife Festival, San Marcos Sights and Sounds, and numerous other venues in San Marcos  The band currently has six members:.

Gene Milligan sings and plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. He is an accomplished trumpeter and has played with various blues & ska bands, including "Nobody's Bidness" and "L.A. Blues."  Gene has also done studio work playing guitar and harmonica.  Gene is a longtime San Marcos dentist, and in his "extra" time he is an organic farmer in Martindale.  He is currently building a new home at his farm, completely off-grid with solar and wind-generated electricity, rainwater collection, and other self-sustaining technologies.

Virginia Davis plays fiddle and occasionally sings backup vocals.  Her training and experience has been mainly in classical violin.  She's played in the Austin Civic Orchestra, the SWT Symphony, and currently plays with the Mid-Texas Symphony.  Virginia also teaches bellydance classes in San Marcos and is a founding member of the Midnight Breeze Dance Company.     

Marissa Harris sings and plays the bodhran and other assorted percussion instruments.  She has long been a regular at Irish sessions in San Antonio, and has a vast knowledge of Irish songs, tunes, and traditions. Marissa is an Occupational Therapist by trade, but is also a talented artist, sculptor, and seamstress.  

Bob Pennington plays the pennywhistle, harmonica, Arkansas bagpipes, and several percussion instruments of his own design. He has played with Terri Hendrix and her band, with Brenda Freed's duo "Him and Her," and was a regular for eight years at the bluegrass jam in Wimberley.  His beautifully crafted Snockers, Jangles, and custom drum sticks are played by many local and well-known musicians.  Bob is the current president of the Wimberley Concert Association.

Terrie Cooper sings and plays guitar and various percussion instruments.  She is a vice-president with Excalibur Fantasy Faire and serves as the festivals merchant coordinator and "Jill-of-all-trades."  She served for two years as the sound technician for Austin power-pop dance band, Dayz Later, and is working on building & operating the Avalon Isle Recording Studio.  In her day job, Terrie is a paralegal in Austin.

Eric Elder is the bands newest member.  He sings and plays guitar and mandolin. Eric was introduced to Celtic music by role models Andy Irvine and Paul Brady.  Eric played in country rock band Treefrog, and has performed with David Allen Coe, Marty Robbins, Pure Prairie League, and Asleep at the Wheel. Eric is an ordained minister in the Christian Church, and is also a carpenter. He lives with his wife Amy who is also a musician and is also a minister!  

O'Malarkey plans to record the first CD this year, The CD will feature mostly Irish music following a similar format to their live shows including lively tunes, slow airs, and the occasional rollicking singalong.

O'Malarkey will be joined by special guest, 11-year-old Irish Step Dancer Madeline Luke.  Madeline initially trined in ballet, but heard a celtic music tape 5 years ago, and declared that Irish dancing was what she wanted to do.  She has reached competition-level in step dancing since that time.

Suggested donation for this concert is $6 for adults. Children are admitted free with a supervising adult. Students are always welcomed at no charge.