Folk duo Dipper Malkin are rapidly earning a reputation for elevating traditional music to new heights of sturdy beauty and sophistication. The ‘potent combination’ (Folk Radio UK) of John Dipper’s unusual 14-string viola d’amore, and Dave Malkin’s finely honed accompaniments and voice have afforded them with glowing praise for their debut album, Tricks of the Trade, which was included in The Times ‘Top 100 Albums of 2017’. The duo are currently working towards the release of their second album which will feature four newly-commissioned works for viola d’amore and guitar from composers from a variety of musical backgrounds, as well as improvisations and reimagined traditional material.
“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 Sunday Times
Luke Wright, poet and theatre maker brings PLAYLIST its first non-musical performance. “His performances rumble with rage, passion and humour.” (Guardian).
Southampton-based band, Bash! perform a stripped back acoustic set for Arch 04. Expect bright synths, chorus-ey guitar riffs and occasional Phill Collins drum fill. They’ve recorded at BBC Introducing Solent and recently been working on a new single at Abbey Road.