"The sonic equivalent of a much-anticipated birthday present"
– fRoots, anmeldelse af Far Better Days
"Magnificent [...] a masterclass in arrangement […] another great release from one of Scotland’s finest"
– R2 Magazine, anmeldelse af Far Better Days
Since their formation in the late 90's Malinky have been among the foremost champtions and interpreters of the Scottish song tradition. With five highly acclaimed albums to their name they have made their mark as one of the most respected Scottish folk acts and in 2010 they deservedly won the award for Folk Band of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.
Their song-based repertoire - performed by three superb lead vocalists and wrapped in tastefully inventive instrumentation - unites seasoned maturity with sparkling freshness, and they breathe new life into traditional Scottish ballads, adding self-penned songs and compositions of the highest carat. Malinky is a band that need no gimmicks, preferring instead to trust in the strength and power of the songs and their stories.
After a few years' hiatus Malinky are again now back again, and in 2015 a long-awaited ventet album, Far Better Days, was released to widespread critical acclaim.
The band consists of:
Steve Byrne - vocals, bouzouki, cittern and guitar
Fiona Hunter - vocals and cello
Mike Vass - backing vocals, fiddle and tenor guitar
Mark Dunlop - vocals, whistle and bodhrán
Steve Byrne helped form Malinky in 1998 and is one of Scotland's finest singers as well as being a very active and sought-after musician. Steve's roots are in Eastern Scotland and the strong ballad tradition in his home area is evident in the band's repertoire.
Fiona Hunter is one of Scotland's foremost traditional singers and in 2015 she deservedly won a Scots Trad Music Award for Scots Singer of the Year.
Mike Vass is one of Scotland's most sought-after musicians and an award-winning composer, who is involved in a number of different projects.
Mark Dunlop hails from Northern Ireland and was also one of the founding members of Malinky and after a few years' time out he is now part of the band again. Like Steve and Fiona he is a fine singer and his fine whistle playing fits wonderfully with the band's characteristic song arrangements.
Fiona and Mike also tour as a duo and visited Denmark in February 2015.