The Malarkeys

The Malarkeys

 Kelowna, British Columbia, CAN
BandFolkCeltic

Celtic-influenced band that creates unique mash-ups of pop and pub songs, plus their own original songs. Tuneful, fun for all ages.
Randy Bachman said, "...up close, sharing a songwriters showcase, I found the songs stood out even more....the song structure and performance was right on the money."

Biography

Karl is a talented and versatile multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Karl has been playing and writing music since he got his first guitar at the age of 4.
He completed classical and jazz music studies at Malaspina College, survived the 70's, and then taught music and played in Easy Money, a well-known Victoria band. After moving to Vancouver, he began writing and playing with Helen Gone, releasing two independent CD's, Real Real Gone and Happy Enough.

Gail began to experiment with music, particularly on her new synthesizer in the '80's . She played synth, sang and wrote songs for Victoria B.C. bands "The Slip" and "Hoi Polloi". Eventually she moved to Vancouver where she and Karl formed "Helen Gone", a band that morphed over time from rock to what they liked to call "acoustronica". They released two independent CD's, Real Real Gone, and Happy Enough, and received regular airplay on the CBC.

Highlights have been winning Vancouver's WRITE ON SONG CONTEST 1996 First Place "Roots/Folk/Worldbeat Category" with "To the Moon" from Real, Real Gone CD; and performing at BLUE BIRD NORTH with Randy Bachman, Amy Sky, Ralph Murphy, Johnny Douglas, Jeff Smallwood, Ron Irving, Ron Hynes, and Shari Ulrich.

Songs from Real Real Gone received regular airplay on CBC and on college radio around the country.

Their latest venture is a contemporary Canadian Celtic rock outfit called The Malarkeys.

Lyrics

Evening Package

Written By: Gail Hourigan

Instrumental

Folk Package

Written By: Gail Hourigan

Instrumental

Waiting for the Sun

Written By: Karl Hourigan

I took my love across the sea, so we could see life differently
Stopped the clocks we rode the trains, and we came back again

Leaning to the left, we’re pulled to the right, trying to push with all our might
Green socks walking around the hill, but it’s looking like a landfill

And we’re waiting for the sun to shine, peeking out behind the clouds
I want to feel the heat again, waiting for the sun to shine

It might heat up, it might cool down, we might be better off underground
Rains are coming and it’s going to flood, but we’re up to here in mud

A generation’s come and gone, where’s the will to carry on
We’ve got the facts, the science is done, we’re blocking out the sun

And I’m waiting for the sun to shine, peeking out behind the clouds
I want to feel the heat again, waiting for the sun to shine

Work is the Curse

Written By: Karl and Gail Hourigan

Work is the curse of the drinking classes
We’d rather dance and raise our glasses
But we can’t afford this recreation
Without a full-time occupation

So we work and we work and we work and we work and we work and we work all day
And when the evening comes around we head on out to play
And we play and we play and we play and we play ‘til the morning comes around
And I guess I’ll carry on this way ‘til they lay me in the ground

I’ve got a boss, he’s very kind, he lets me work all day
He let’s me work the overtime, but not for extra pay
And if I need a little break, it’s only just because
You know I’m trying to stay awake and need a little buzz

So we work and we work and we work and we work and we work and we work all day
And when the evening comes around we head on out to play
And we play and we play and we play and we play ‘til the morning comes around
And I guess I’ll carry on this way ‘til they lay me in the ground

I know a fool, he hit it big, he won the lottery
He bought a lot of big toys to impress his family
And suddenly he had some friends he’d never had before
And now he’s heading back to work to earn a little more

So we work and we work and we work and we work and we work and we work all day
And when the evening comes around we head on out to play
And we play and we play and we play and we play ‘til the morning comes around
And I guess I’ll carry on this way ‘til they lay me in the ground

I try to break the habits that I know are bad for me
But all my friends are sinners who enjoy my company
And when we get together we just let the good times roll
‘cause what else can you do, when the boss man owns your soul

So we work and we work and we work and we work and we work and we work all day
And when the evening comes around we head on out to play
And we play and we play and we play and we play ‘til the morning comes around
And I guess I’ll carry on this way ‘til they lay me in the ground

So we drink and we smoke and we joke and we toke and we take a taxi home
And wind up in our own bed, beside a garden gnome
And when we’ve had some coffee we can face another day
Of working like a mad man and then heading off to play

Discography

Bloody Brilliant - album by The Malarkeys, released March 17, 2010
Right As Rain - single by The Malarkeys, released March 17, 2011
Songs streamed on Celt in a Twist, Accuradio, Highlander Radio, and airplay on CBC, plus campus.community radio stations across Canada.

Set List

includes about 40+songs including about a dozen originals. Covers range from Celtic standards like Whiskey in the Jar to Molly Malone, The Orange and the Green to Lukey's Boat, plus our unique "Celtic mash-ups"