This article is from 2009.


Facing up to change

Malinky have been around on the Scottish folk scene for over a decade now, and went through a scenario that many young bands face – the loss of a particularly prominent member to a solo career. The band initially got together to allow singer Karine Polwart to fulfill a booking at Edinburgh Folk Club, but quickly gelled as a unit.

Polwart announced her intention to go solo in late 2004, and button box player Leo McCann also decided to leave at the same time. It can often spell the end for a band, but Malinky opted instead to re-group around the remaining original members, Steve Byrne and Mark Dunlop, and added singer and cellist Fiona Hunter and Liverpool-born Ewan MacPherson to the line-up alongside former Burach fiddler Jon Bews.

They band celebrated the transition with a big show at Celtic Connections in 2005, featuring all of the then-current and former members, and have forged ahead since, absorbing further changes in personnel around the core trio of Byrne, Dunlop and Hunter.

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 346 1405, 27 Aug, 9pm, £10 (£8).


Scotland's leading folksong quintet. Their latest album was 'Scots music at its most evocative' (MOJO), the Guardian predicts they 'should be one of the folk bands of 2009'. Ancient ballads, cracking tunes, original song writing in the tradition. Malinky's 2009 festival show will preview some new tracks destined for…

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