About Dipper Malkin
Dipper Malkin is the “potent combination” (Folk Radio UK) of two musicians who have spent their careers involved in groundbreaking projects. John Dipper (viola d’amore) was one third of The English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood and Robert Harbron and currently works with string quartet Methera and several other ensembles. Dave Malkin (guitars and voice) was a founding member of trio Tandem, which combined traditionally informed compositions with live electronics. Their recently released album Tricks of the Trade also features BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Corrie Dick, on two of the album’s ten tracks, contributing percussion which ranges from dexterous and spacious to frenetic. Tom Dennis plays flugelhorn on the track King Storm. Producer Ben Corrigan has enabled the duo to explore sonic possibilities and production values not necessarily associated with folk music. Alongside Dave’s guitar, John plays viola d’amore, an unusual instrument from the baroque period with seven bowed and seven sympathetic strings. As John explains, “I began investigating ways to play more complex polyphonic accompaniments. I’ve developed a new tuning system for the instrument, which has allowed new compositions to flourish. This range enables us to swap the traditional roles of melody player and accompanist, so we can both take whichever role suits the tunes, allowing the music to be spoken through both voices. ” Expect lavish tales, beautiful melodies, blistering reels and impassioned songs with lyrics from our ancestors mixed with modern day musings. A treat for the ears!
John Dipper's duets with the guitarist Dave Malkin are perfectly judged, the latter's occasional unassuming vocals adding just the right measure of grit. Exquisite."
The new compositions meld with the traditional seamlessly; melodic, never clever to impress, but always actually very clever." ★★★★★
Beyond traditional folk... refined classical-tinged sophistication and as exciting as the free form nature of jazz yet rooted in the traditional."
Stunning musicianship without a single dull note.
Sublime elegance, of rapture and loyalty; the pairing of John Dipper and Dave Malkin works superbly."
“Superb musicianship and a very special ‘connect’ make this one of the most inspired and inspiring duos I've heard in years!”