John Dipper – 14 stint viola d’amore
Dave Malkin – guitars and vocals
Dipper Malkin is the “potent combination” (Folk Radio UK) of two musicians that have spent their careers to date involved in groundbreaking projects. Now they are rapidly earning a reputation for elevating traditional music to new heights of sturdy beauty and sophistication as a duo. John Dipper’s new approach to the unusual, 14-string, viola d’amore, and Dave Malkin’s finely honed accompaniments and unique voice have afforded them with glowing praise for their debut album.
At the heart of Dipper Malkin’s approach to music lies their respect and admiration for the cultural legacy we have all inherited. As they explain, “The greatest compliment we could think to pay to our ancestors, those responsible for this rich and fascinatingly idiosyncratic tradition, is to explore the repertoire they’ve provided for us.” Expect lavish tales, beautiful melodies, a blistering reel or two and impassioned songs with lyrics from our ancestors mixed with modern day musings. A treat for the ears and one of the must-see folk acts of 2017.
“John Dipper’s duets with the guitarist Dave Malkin are perfectly judged, the latter’s unassuming vocals adding just the right measure of grit. Exquisite…” – The Sunday Times
“The combination of the viola’s rich, sonorous tones, and Dave Malkin’s guitar and voice is a winner.” – Songlines Magazine
“Beyond traditional folk… refined classical-tinged sophistication and as exciting as the free form nature of jazz yet rooted in the traditional.” – Fatea Magazine
“The new compositions meld with the traditional seamlessly; melodic, never clever to impress, but always actually very clever.” ★★★★★ – fRoots
“Tricks Of The Trade is an album of stunning musicianship without a single dull note.” – Folking.com