Chester-based singer/songwriter Bill Malkin performs as a solo artist, in a duo with John Sylvester (Malkin & Sylvester), and with ‘The band Wagon’ … an informal collective of musical friends, the core of which is John Sylvester and Dave Russell … as well as (from time to time) Paul Reaney, Chris Lee and Graham Bellinger.
“Bill possesses that all too rare gift of bringing people and history to life for us in his song writing. The articulacy with which he relates to an audience provides the perfect canvas for his work which is well observed, intelligently written and most of all interesting for the listener. The craft of song writing is in safe hands” – Anthony John Clarke
“Well crafted and seriously catchy songs all backed by superb players……..hats off !” – Paul Reaney (Harbour Moon)
From his home-based Shamwari Recording Studio he has recorded a number of CDs of original material including: Now and Then, Part-Time Rebel, Making Waves, Hunting with the Hounds, Those Glory Days and the new one ‘Sleeper’ released in September 2013.
He has also helped to record and produce albums for Bill Gordon, Julie Wright, Graham Bellinger; Root Chords; Geoff Edwin-Scott; Angie Wright, John Warburton, Vocal Point, Terry Burgin and a compilation (featuring local musicians) for the Heart Foundation.
The new CD ‘Sleeper’ was recorded during 2012/2013 at sessions in Chester and at Penybont (near Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast). While the album retains the essential Band Wagon ‘sound’, the songs and their arrangements cover a broader range of styles than in the past including country rock, blues, jug band and modern acoustic folk. There are 11 new tracks including ten originals and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic ‘Little Wing’.
The band line up is: Bill Malkin (vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars), John Sylvester (keyboards), Chris Lee (acoustic & electric mandolin, double and fretless bass), Dave Russell (fiddle and ukulele), Phil Bradley (harmonica), and Paul Reaney (electric guitar).