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Reviews

JOHN C. MCCLURE, Seattle Music Critic and past Board Member at Victory Music, November 2013


Ginny Reilly
the Blues of Bessie Smith
Oh Reilly! Music

It would be hard to conceive of a more disparate pair of singers than Bessie Smith and Ginny Reilly. Smith was full figured black woman with a powerful voice, known for her Blues and Jazz renditions of popular songs in the late twenties. Ginny Reilly is a relatively small white woman, possessed of a voice that hovers somewhere between light sweetness and operatic resonance, and half of the acclaimed folk duo, Reilly & Maloney. Fortunately, technology provides us with archives of preserved recordings that facilitate unique collaborations and a melding of musical styles that could never happen otherwise. Which brings us to this project.

I first heard Ginny Reilly in the mid-seventies and immediately became a fan. Ginny's voice can soar in a way few vocalists can match, but it was precisely that quality that gave me a certain amount of trepidation in approaching this album for review. It goes without saying that the character of the songs presented here has been somewhat modified by the vocal differences of the two singers. That is not to say the songs have been diminished, however. The somewhat gritty earthiness of Smith's original renditions has been translated to an intimate honesty in Reilly's. The horns of Smith's recordings have been replaced with the guitars of Orville Johnson, Eric Tingstad and Ginny herself, as well as mandolin by Tom Moran and keyboards by Eric Robert. There is a softness introduced in that transition that is undeniable, but the result is a credible tribute any listener can easily enjoy.

Bessie Smith, along with Billie Holiday and Ma Rainey were huge names in the music of the late 1920's. Nicknamed "The Empress of the Blues" with some justification, Smith was selling tens of thousands of records at a time when that would have been considered nearly impossible for any singer, black or white. She also wrote songs, and Ginny has included two on this album - "Jailhouse Blues" and "Safety Woman". Other titles such as "Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl", "Do Your Duty", and "Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair" are presented with the underlying humor and occasional double entendre that Bessie Smith was known for in many of her songs. "Ginny Reilly the Blues of Bessie Smith" is, in the final analysis, a heartfelt musical love letter of eleven songs, brimming with respect and musical talent. It is an album any fan of Ginny's (or Bessie's) will want to add to their collection, and enjoy with a favored beverage when it seems like you just gotta listen to some Blues.

John C. McClure

JOHN C. MCCLURE, Seattle Music Critic and past Board Member at Victory Music, October 2013


Davy Joe Malone
...a little homespun wobble
Pelican Records - RM 9044

Music is a uniquely human experience. It brings emotional responses from us that can vary from passion, to sadness, to thoughtfulness and on through the gamut of our understanding. It lets us live those aspects of our humanity in ways that never seem to diminish with time, and expresses itself through us in ways as diverse as a rock and roll fist-pump, or a country shuffle. In fact, there's a whole variety of actions that help us manifest feelings that a collection of songs can bring to us, but every now and then you run across one that engenders that rarest of human responses - a contented happy smile. "...A Little Homespun Wobble" is one of those.

Maloney is far from a newcomer to music, having been half of the well-respected folk duo Reilly & Maloney for many years with his musical partner Ginny Reilly. While the duo has produced over a dozen albums going back to the '70s, David has rolled out very nearly that many solo albums; eleven by my count, including the one under review here. They are all excellent projects, and this is the second one to be nominated for a Grammy, following "One Day More", nominated in 2011.

And with good reason: "...A Little Homespun Wobble" is a beautifully crafted well thought out paean to growing up human in the second half of the twentieth century. There are 11 different self-written tunes included, and just a review of the titles will give you a feel for the texture of this collection; "Finnegan's Farm," "A Simpler Time," "Sweet Life," and "The Valentine" are all indicative of an album that is at once unabashedly nostalgic, and at the same time entirely contemporary in its portrayals of our various human incarnations. From youthful exuberance, as in "Me and the Stones" to the resignation of sad goodbyes to an old friend in "Sweet Life", they are brought to life in careful relief, but without seeming forced or superficial in the slightest. The immaculate production (courtesy of "Garage band", a 2005 Apple iBook, and two $100 microphones!) helps bring the songs to life, and all the instruments and gorgeous baritone vocals are courtesy of "Dorothy Maloney's 2nd oldest", which is to say Dave Maloney himself.

"...A Little Homespun Wobble" is at once a comfy pair of old shoes and a crystal clear look at who we are. Musically, it stands astride up-tempo narration and soulful regret with lots of shades in between, and if indeed it does win a Grammy, it will have thoroughly deserved it. If it doesn't, well, it will have thoroughly deserved it anyway. This album is the sort of keeper that anyone who loves heartfelt acoustic music should avail themselves of immediately. The contented happy smiles will be complements of the house.

John C. McClure

JOHN WEINGART, "Music You Can't Hear on the Radio"
WPRB-FM, Princeton, NJ (April 2013)


Davy Joe Malone
...a little homespun wobble
Pelican Records - RM 9044

I hear this album as a great musical play with wise and profound reflections on a life acknowledged to be well into its second set. After setting a nice nostalgic scene with the opening song, you dive into something much deeper, more unusual and more important. There is an acceptance of aging, but rather than any hint of resignation or regret, there is an an embracing thoughtfulness and appreciation of the first 60+ years, a kind of contented joy and an openness to whatever may still be ahead.

...the songs are great - many or most of them, I think, among the best you've done.- "The Reunion," "Roshambo," "Two First Names" and "A Simpler Time" among them. I love what you did with the Keith Richards book too. The transitions are perfect with the first four to me forming a perfect seamless set. Also, the flow from "Sweet Life" to "Everlasting Arms" - and "Everlasting Arms" on its own - also knocked me out.

John Weingart

PERCY HILO, Victory Review, November 2008


Reilly & Maloney
brighter light:
a tribute to Tom Dundee
Pelican Records - RM 9042

(Excerpted from Folking Around)

For over 3 decades Dave and Ginny had been great friends with Tom Dundee, who despite being obscure to much of the public, was one of the most respected singer/songwriters by his peers. They shared many stages and good times and were definitely family to each other. Of course they also loved each other's music as well and Dave and Ginny brought Tom out west for the first time to meet their audiences. They also recorded more of his songs than anyone did. Tom's "A Delicate Balance" has been among R&M's most requested numbers. This kind of musical/personal relationship is more precious than gold, so it was a life-changing shock when they received the news that Tom had died in a tragic accident.

After dealing with their grief David and Ginny responded with what they know, and their latest CD, Brighter Light, is their most heartfelt to date which is saying a mouthful. This set, captured live at the Freight and Salvage on April 13th of this year with Wes Weddell on mandolin opens with two moving tribute songs by David and Buddy Mondlock, closes with "Row On;" a beautiful piece that champions the human spirit, and in between contains 14 songs that reveal the artistry and compassionate spirit that was Tom Dundee. From the clever and humor-tinged life lessons of "Too Much" and "Not Enough," "Don't Fool With the Fire" and "You Never Get Somethin' For Nothin'" to the defiant working class feelings of "The Flame and the Smoke;" from the mature appreciation of the lovely "When You Smile" to the poignant plea of "Hey, Don't Give Up On Me Now;" from the insightful "Hollywood Home" (Balancing deep love for a dying Grandmother with an anger at the conditions of society bubbling under the surface) to the remarkable "The Fight" (Is God looking down on these misguided bar bums? Oh my!) the scope and quality of the creations are amazing. And finishing off the Dundee portion with the life-affirming "Sorrows" and "A Delicate Balance" makes it unequivocal that Tom Dundee lives, brought back to us via the skills and dedication of those most qualified to do so. Truly this partnership has kindled a brighter light and, with proper attention from the public, may secure for Dundee the posthumous recognition he so long ago earned.

Percy Hilo


PERCY HILO, Victory Review, February 2011


David Maloney
one day more
Pelican Records - RM 9043

Every artist desires, at some point, to create a work in which their artistic skills combine with hard won maturity and lifelong experience that expresses their ultimate feelings of love, hope and commitment and stands as a testament to their time spent among us. With 'One Day More' David Maloney has accomplished this and simultaneously gifted the rest of us these wonderful songs to hear and enjoy.

Distances, The Old Chateau, On The Other Hand and Never Far From Home are beautiful declarations of love to his wife, mother and son that many of us will relate to. These songs serve as an example of the paradox that the more specific the situation described the more it actually relates to others because in so many ways we're all the same. Time and again is a song of regret that serves to reinforce loyalty while Neighbor Dan is a dignified tribute to a community father figure, and Carry Us Home lauds the pilot hero of the incredible Hudson River Landing that saved so many lives. Like several of these pieces this one has a fine sing-a-long chorus. Cellular Phone is a clever and humorous take on modern conveniences that can do so much but may not be as good or even healthy as advertised and also take up so much of our lives, while Main Street Blues is a kick ass rocker that bemoans hard times but vows to keep on keepin' on and learn from it all. Black River Blues is an old time acoustic folk blues that looks back on all the good and bad with acceptance and has that comforting relaxed bluesy goodness about it. Jupiter Rising is a moving admission of human weakness while maintaining the confidence and will to keep moving forward with life. This is also the overriding theme of the CD.

From the opening title cut which celebrates the beauty of life, accepts the challenges and invites us to join in, to the last, the gospel tinged Standing By The River, in which David searches for faith in a confusing world, this recording is an autobiography of a warm heart in which there is room for all of us and a talent that enriches all who come upon it. David's voice has never been richer or more friendly, his arrangements are perfectly appropriate and his musicians and harmony singers give just the right touch at all times. This is the perfect recording to add to your Maloney collection or with which to begin one, and in communicating with David (it's a home business folks) you'll find that he's as friendly as he is talented, which in my book is most meaningful.

Percy Hilo


TOM NELLIGAN , Dirty Linen, August/September (Issue #113), 2004
click here for article in Dirty Linen




Reilly & Maloney Together Again
Reilly & Maloney Music RM2390 (2003)

From the mid-1970s through the late 1980s, the voices-and-guitars duo of Ginny Reilly and David Maloney made delightful harmonies together, and as this new concert CD announces, they're back together after a decade-plus pursuing their solo careers. Old fans will be happy to hear that they've lost none of their vocal magic. Reilly still has one of the sweetest voices in folk music, an ethereal soprano that dances lightly around Maloney's grittier baritone, and the contrast in their voices and their unique sense of harmony makes for some wonderful duets. The largely optimistic-themed and always-thoughtful set list combines a few originals, like Maloney's pensive "Alone in Silence," with a wide range of covers of writers ranging from Tom Paxton and John Prine to Bruce Springsteen and Rogers & Hart. Together Again marks the welcome reunion of two distinctive performers.

Tom Nelligan


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JOHN WEINGART, "Music You Can't Hear on the Radio"
WPRB-FM, Princeton, NJ


Excerpt from reflections on concerts at Prallsville Mill

Perhaps the nicest folk music surprise of the year, however, was the reemergence of Ginny Reilly & David Maloney as a duo once again well worth going out of your way to hear. Their show had a vibrancy and warmth that captivated and enveloped the folks hearing them for the first time as well as the longtime fans like me. Their fine voices and magnificent harmonies remain stunning as does their choice of material. More than half the concert was new songs, some from mostly little-known songwriters as well as several fine new songs of their own. Now, when people ask me what new music I'm excited about, I find myself recommending Reilly & Maloney. Unfortunately, they are still giving very few shows away from their home turfs in California and Seattle, but with a little luck maybe word will start to spread to the people running festivals and other venues around the country.

John Weingart ~ December 2007

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Reilly and Maloney -- Together Again

This wonderful album is a reminder of the power of music. Their great voices and gripping harmonies still intact though this is their first new recording in 16 years, Reilly and Maloney once again find terrific songs that have never before been united: Hank Snow and Rogers and Hart seamlessly connected with delights by Iris DeMent, Tom Paxton, John Prine, and others, newer songs from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and seven of their own fine compositions.

Without a word of overt politics, Together Again somehow serves as a small antidote to the fear, despair and powerless that is part of our current world. Reilly and Maloney take us on a journey in which at the beginning they sing, "I cannot raise my voice, I cannot find my song" but by the end have us "sailing away to the island of mercy and a brighter day where... there will be love for the children who cry out in the night."

John Weingart ~ 2003


FIDDLING CRICKET PRODUCTIONS


Reilly & Maloney
Together Again

The most endearing duo ever to grace the West Coast Folk and singer-songwriter scene, Ginny Reilly and David Maloney, are playing together again after a ten year hiatus. For 20 years they packed audiences in Seattle, where Ginny was based, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, where David lives, also covering all points in between and further south.

Their early success derived from their direct connection to the popular folk music groups of the 60s, --such as The Weavers and The Kingston Trio. But it was the wonderful blend of Ginny's beautiful voice and David's fine baritone, their ability to mix the best of others' material with their own solid songwriting talents, and their excellent guitar accompaniment and arrangements that separated them from the folk scene pack in the 70s.

They toured nationally, shared stages with the likes of Judy Collins, Tom Paxton and Greg Brown, and put out 7 vinyl LPs together. But, by the end of the 80s, the strain of separate lives, children to raise, and the 1000 mile gap between home bases led them to call it quits after more than 3000 shows together.

David, who played the series two years ago, has since put out 7 solo albums, is a mainstay at the Napa Music Festival, and has steadily increased his musical and storytelling repertoire for children. Ginny has broadened her interests into jazz, while maintaining her folk side which includes "Doodle Dee Doin," an album filled with her songs of motherhood. The present Together Again shows started with a few performances in the Northwest in the summer of 2000. Returning to the Bay Area, Ginny and David say it does not signify a reunion but celebrates a friendship with new and old songs, plus the growth and maturity that 30 years of music can bring to a stage. Be sure to get your tickets early!

Fiddling Cricket Productions


PERCY HILO, Victory Review, February 2005


Reilly & Maloney: Together Again
Pelican Records - RM 2390

After too many years apart, Ginny Reilly and David Maloney are indeed singing together again and our planet is more harmonious as a result. This is a simply-performed live recording (primarily at the legendary Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley) in which the light of their voices shines through a collection of classics and several carefully wrought, thought-provoking originals from the songbook of their lives. They lead off with Iris DeMent's "Let the Mystery Be," but there's no mystery as to why their beautiful and seamless harmony singing is so appealing to so many. With the listener in tow they then exchange leads on John Prine's heartbreaking "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness," and never has a dysfunctional relationship sounded so good. Dylan's "Things Have Changed" is true-to-life on the pitfalls of an unpredictable existence and how good intentions can be turned away by a succession of losing hands. The guitar playing on all songs in the set is excellent but always subservient to the story.

There's also a lot of variety here that takes in the scope of a well lived life. Most of us can relate, hopefully with amusement, to "Can't Let Go," a love song in which the singer knows the score but can't separate emotionally. We can also get nostalgic over Tom Paxton's "Early Snow," a song of loss in which the seasons are changing and so are the times. It's classic Paxton, given a treatment so warm it makes everything all right (which is one of the ultimate goals of all art). It's also no stretch for Reilly & Maloney to deliver quality versions of Hank Snow's country chestnut "Golden Rocket," or a Tin Pan Alley tribute with Rogers and Hart's "Spring is Here," Springsteen's contemplative, tragic "Streets of Philadelphia," and Tom Jans' "Loving Arms." Whatever the genre it becomes Reilly & Maloney Music in their hands.

Still, the meat and meaning of this disc lies in the originals in which their well-traveled but fun-loving souls are on display. Ginny's "Sister" rings true as a song of blood that's sentimental without being sappy, while David's "Surrender Me" is beautiful in its vulnerability. He's caught up in the torrents of a life he loves, but is confused and seeking salvation. "Five Ducks" gives David a chance to show off his banjo on an old-timey-style song about an old-fashioned love story. The centerpiece is David's moving solo performance of "Blue Dress," the story of a mother who had "The heart of ten lions and the touch of an angel" as she steered her family through hard times in Old Chicago. The characters will absolutely become visible in front of your eyes. This could turn out to be a classic, as could the closing "Island of Mercy," with its beautiful audience sing-a-long. Friends, this is music to re-energize the folk scene. These old pros with young hearts are giving us simple gifts and we'll always want to hear more. These are our neighbors telling our story in song and with a charm that'll have us singing along. Get a copy for self and/or a loved one and if you're not having fun yet you will be.

Percy Hilo


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