The Ne’er Duwels
Ken O’Malley is a musician, singer, writer and producer. The Irish News has called him “the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California”. Well known throughout the western United States and Ireland, he’s been a member and leader of many musical groups in Los Angeles including Blended Spirits, The Mulligans and The Twilight Lords. He also enjoys a successful career as a solo artist in the bardic tradition of Irish storyteller and musician.
He leads the Ne’er Duwels, a formidable trio of Irish musicians, stepping both back and forward with their eclectic blend of traditional Irish and modern sound effects.
Joining him onstage: Patrick D'Arcy, also from Dublin, is one of the finest uilleann pipers in the United States. Patrick has toured extensively with many well known artists throughout the world and is also a talented pennywhistle and bodhran player. An expert on the culture and history of the Irish pipes, he is a much sought after teacher and consultant; his work has been featured in many film, television and live theatre productions.
The “sound” of the Ne’er Duwels: Bryan Dobbs, is originally from New Mexico. Whether accompanying on the mandolin, the acoustic guitar or the very creative, innovative sounds of his Fender Stratocaster, Bryan adds the mysterious, the romantic and the attack that takes the band back to the days of the band Planxty in Ireland or traverses the musical spectrum with the world techno sounds of the present and future.
Though compact, they are diverse in musical expression; the Ne'er Duwels can present an intimate house concert, energize an Irish pub or grace a large stage with their authentic and captivating style.