This was a night when two great bands were launching their new albums and the audience were not to be disappointed. Malinky are now onto their 5th album (produced by Donald Shaw) which has been some time in the making as their last one was launched in 2008. It also heralds 10 years that Fiona Hunter has been with the group. The others being Steve Byrne, Mike Vass and Mark Dunlop.
With a variety of instrumentation, they played and sang a selection from the new album plus a couple from their previous one interspersed with Mark’s jokes, which were so bad you just had to laugh!
The group’s strength seems to lie with the lovely blend of vocals from the Scottish east and west coasts plus the Irish lilt from Mark Dunlop. It was also great to see Mike Vass back on stage after his illness which postponed this album from 2013.
Prior to Malinky being on stage , we were treated to Jenna Reid and her band. She opened the set with her sister Bethany on piano describing how the sisters had recorded their album in the summer in Shetland, and the long daylight hours which they had, making many of the audience sigh at the thought especially on a cold dark dismal night in Glasgow!
Her latest album is called Live In Shetland and next on stage to join her was Kevin MacKenzie on guitar and then followed by Harris Playfair on piano.
The sets of reels and jigs mostly from Shetland by the duos was well received by the audience, and Jenna herself seems to excel when playing as a twosome.
Finally they all came back together on stage to say they were the support for Malinky would be a vast understatement.
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