- Doug Johnstone
- 8 January 2009
Concert Hall: Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow, Sat 17 Jan
In many ways the ever-growing success of Scottish folk outfit Malinky mirrors that of Celtic Connections, a festival the band have become inextricably linked with over the last decade. The band formed ten years ago from the vibrant Edinburgh folk scene, meeting up in pubs like Sandy Bell’s and The Royal Oak and coalescing around the songs of original member Karine Polwart.
Within six months the band had won a prestigious Danny Kyle Open Mic Award at Celtic Connections, going on to sign with pre-eminent folk label Greentrax and establish themselves as a major touring act on both sides of the Atlantic. In the years since, the band have released four acclaimed albums which have seen their profile rise around the globe, and in many ways the band have been ahead of the curve when it comes to the current vogue for all things folky in Scotland.
The band have had an ever-changing line-up, but that revolving door has never dampened their spirits nor affected the continuity of their sound, and the Malinky of 2009 is just as thrilling as they always were.
Blending a love of traditional Scottish songwriting with a youthful verge and energy, the band have gained award nominations and commercial success in equal measure, and this tenth anniversary show promises to be something special, with all five former members of the band, including Karine Polwart, joining the current five-piece line up for a hootenanny to remember.