Welcome to our biographies page. We thought it might be fun to have a page on our web site where you can learn a bit more about us. Along with our bios, we will from time to time add information and thoughts we hope will give you a glimpse of who we are and what we are up to in our lives.

~David


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David

Biography: (Note: watercolors by David)

I was born in a small town hospital on Sunday, the 5th of April 1943, the second son of Dorothy and David Maloney. My parents named me David Joseph after my Father's Father.

My Dad was an out of work New York actor who found his way upstate to the village of Honeoye Falls, about fifteen miles south of Rochester. He came to the area with a well-to-do Irish family by the name of Moran, serving as their chauffeur, bartender, general handyman and companion.

My Mother was a pretty, blond, local girl who worked in the mercantile dry goods store in town. Though she graduated from high school with honors, there was no money for college due to the desperate circumstances that existed during the great depression.

My older brother Peter was the first born, then me, with our sister Rebecca next, then brother Michael and finally Paul, the youngest.

We grew up in a large double house across from the high school above Honeoye creek, which ran through the middle of town. The "crik" and the lower falls provided amazing, endless opportunities for youthful adventure. Most of my waking moments as a boy were spent either rambling around the creek bed and climbing its cliffs or playing any and all sports, depending on the season.

My parents maintained a strong interest in the arts and therefore music, theater, and performance were an integral part of our family dynamic. All the Maloney children were given the opportunity to learn either the piano or some other instrument, but as it turned out, I was the only one who stayed with it. I continued to take piano lessons from the age of 7 to about 15, at which time high school sports and activities captured all my attention.

It was, however, my Father's singing voice and ukulele playing that really fascinated me. I asked him if I could learn how to play the "uke" and he wrote out some chords and lyrics for me to work on. One day he returned from the road as a traveling salesman and handed me my very own ukulele. It was a Harmony Model and I was thrilled and grateful..I almost couldn't believe it. I began practicing in earnest. My siblings still remember how someone in the family was always hollering upstairs for me to stop tapping my foot, as it was driving everyone crazy below. From then on I sang and played at every opportunity, school and parties, Boy Scouts, and in local talent shows.

I entered Cortland State College in 1961 majoring in Physical Education, playing on the soccer team, and immersing myself in college and fraternity life. In the "frat" house we formed a Kingston Trio-like folk group called The Gamma Greenbriars, performing all over campus and even in town. My passion for singing and performing was apparent early on and it's not hard to see how it eventually led to my life's work.

In 1969, after four years of teaching in Syracuse, NY, my love, Tebby George, and I got married and headed west to California. We were on a path to realize our aspirations to become the artists we had always dreamed of being.

On our first night in San Francisco we went to a local folk club called the Drinking Gourd and on-stage was a young singer with long, flaming red hair, a magical voice, and a passionate delivery. As it turned out that singer was Ginny Reilly, who was performing her first full night there. When I approached her between sets about the local folk scene, she quickly dismissed me with a clipped comment about the time and effort it takes to get ahead. We still laugh about that first meeting which I remember vividly. Ginny does not!

Three months later, on January 11, 1970, Ginny came to our small apartment on Sacramento St. for a trial rehearsal. This rendezvous was arranged by Jay Kellum, a veteran San Francisco bass player with a reputation for putting groups together. He told us that solo singers were a dime a dozen and by working together we might find more opportunities to perform and possibly make a living doing what we loved. He urged us to leave our part-time jobs and fully commit to the music.

We took his advice, continuing to rehearse everyday under his direction. After about three weeks we performed a short, three-song guest set at the Drinking Gourd. The audience that night loved us and we were hired on the spot to go to Lake Tahoe and perform in the lounge of a new steakhouse there. We were paid $100 apiece for four nights with a place to sleep (in a room with 6 other employees) and a free steak dinner each day.

As it turned out we were an instant hit with the tourists as well as the locals. That very first weekend in Tahoe City, we were asked to play the rest of the week at a steakhouse in Palo Alto. And so we played over forty nights straight that winter, driving up and then down from the mountains twice each week.

Our crowds grew quickly and soon there was a buzz brewing about this new act with a great sound called "Dave & Ginny." At that point we were a working partnership and today as Reilly and Maloney, we're still making sweet music together.   ~David

Biographical Notes:

• Peter Maloney has lived in New York City since 1964 enjoying a long career in the theater, television, and movies as an actor, director, and playwright. He is also an accomplished magician.

• Rebecca Maloney served as an RN at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco for 29 years and is currently enjoying life in Woodacre, CA.

• Michael Maloney is the Pastor of Lima Baptist Church and School in Lima, NY.

• Paul Maloney lives near Woodstock, NY where he plays bass with a variety of musicians and bands. He will soon be releasing his singer/songwriter debut CD, Paul K. Maloney: "At Home."www.paulkmaloney.com

• Tebby George is a bay area sculptor and teaches life sculpture at City College Fort Mason in San Francisco.

• Tebby and David have a son, Danny, who graduated from UC Santa Cruz.

• Dororthy S. Maloney passed away in January 2015.

• David K. Maloney passed away in August 1987.



Ginny

Biography:

Ginny Reilly started life in Evanston, Illinois, in 1946. She grew up in nearby Lake Forest, 30 miles north of Chicago, where her family environment fostered a love of music. Though neither parent played an instrument, her father, a lawyer, regretted all his life that he had given up piano lessons as a boy, and made sure that all three of his children learned to play. (Ginny, however, had a great resistance to practicing, and managed the unusual feat of not learning to play the piano in spite of nine years of lessons.) Television was in its infancy then, and one of Ginny's first memories of singing was to the piano accompaniment of her teen-aged brother Pat; they would imagine they were auditioning for the Arthur Godfrey Talent Hour. When she was twelve, her family moved to a ranch house that had a large recreational basement. Although it had been intended as a place for her parents to entertain their friends, it was mostly used by Ginny as a practice studio; she would spend hours singing along to the records of Peggy Lee, and Nat King Cole, as well as the great Broadway musicals of the 50s and 60s. She learned many songs during this time, some of which appeared in Reilly and Maloney shows, such as "It Had To Be You," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Fever," and "Lida Rose" (from The Music Man).

As a teenager she was influenced greatly by the rising popularity of folk music. For her fifteenth birthday, Ginny received a ukulele, and began learning songs by the Kingston Trio and Peter Paul and Mary, though her favorite group was the Chad Mitchell Trio. For her high school graduation she received a guitar; and it took several months to figure out how to form chords with the two extra strings. By the time she enrolled at Trinity College in Washington, DC, she had mastered it, and began singing in the dormitory stairwells (great acoustics). After four years and sufficient encouragement from friends, Ginny made the choice to travel out to San Francisco to try a singing career rather than join the Peace Corps. This was in 1968. She sang in various coffee houses for tips, while working as typist during the day. Her 'big break' came when she was hired to sing on Wednesday nights at the Drinking Gourd, a club on Union Street devoted exclusively to live acoustic music. It was on one of these nights that she met David Maloney.

From 1970 to 1990, Ginny was part of the Reilly and Maloney duo. In 1978 she married Jack Burg, and they had two children, Emily, born in 1981 and Charlie, born in 1983. These two provided inspiration for David's song "Emily's Back," as well as Ginny's entire Doodle Lee Do'in album. In 1990 the Reilly and Maloney partnership ended, and sadly, Ginny and Jack's marriage ended in 1996. From 1998 to 2000 Ginny worked as a coordinator of volunteers at Group Health Cooperative. In 2001, she enrolled at Shoreline Community College in the Music Department; she is now finishing up an Associate Degree in Music Performance.

Ginny and her children live in Seattle, at separate residences. Emily divides her time between political activism and the food industry; she is an accomplished caterer, and is also the secretary of the group Jobs for Justice. Charlie is in business for himself as a mortgages refinance loan officer, having recently left Merritt Financial to work independently.

Ginny loves walking, reading, good movies, and Starbucks.



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