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PMPAT MALONEY

I was born a long, long time ago on a small farm in a small town in Western New York. I grew up in a family with a passionately eloquent father, seven wild brothers, and one long-suffering sister. We were all watched over by a mother who developed, out of necessity, a deep acceptance and an outward veneer of stoicism that hid a poet's heart. She had a deep sense of wonder that magically imbued the commonplace.

My songs reflect these influences: The wild, crazy integrity of my father; My mother's strength and character in the face of tragedy and heartbreak; The lonely perception of the outsider and the Irish Trinity of grief, madness, and humor; The hardness of the laborer's work toughened hands, the whiskey rasp in the cracked voices of the broken saints and the wail of the train in the valley heading to The Promised Land or to some big city.

For the last 25 years I have been based mainly in the Southwest playing music and working there while venturing out across the country periodically to play music. Accompanied by my wife Rosie in the van as well as on stage, we have been to many great places and met hundreds of wonderful people. The experiences we have had have added color and content to my songs.

I have recorded 4 CD's of original songs and a CD of Irish Pub songs. My last two recordings, "Perfect Oblivious Moon," and "Pretty Little Mountain," received great reviews in several publications and significant airplay on Folk Radio. I recently produced a theatrical piece in Prescott, AZ, based on several of my songs called "Very Old Fitzgerald."

I have performed at "The Bluebird Cafe" in Nashville, "Uncle Calvin's" in Richardson, TX, "Cousin Andy's" in Southern Illinois as well as other venues about the country.

I was a finalist in the songwriting contests at Napa Valley, Wildflower, Lake Country, IL Folk Festivals and showcased at the "South by Southwest Music Conference" in 1996.

Rosie and I spent a season in New Orleans playing five nights a week at O'Flaherty's Irish Pub in the French Quarter until chased out by Hurricane Katrina.

I have appeared on several radio shows and have presented creative writing seminars and performances in schools. I have been a clerk at a 7-11, been on the chicken line in a poultry processing plant, planted trees, mowed lawns, was a bartender on a dinner boat on Lake Powell, played at several weddings, wakes and funerals.

But, most of all, I have written songs about the places I've been and the people I have met.

I am settled back in Western New York where I continue to write and perform.


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