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 currently John Sylvester (keyboards), Phil Bradley (harmonica), Paul Reaney (bass and guitar) and Richard Coackley (double bass)… as well as (from time to time) Chris Lee (bass and mandolin), Dave Russell (fiddle and bass)and Graham Bellinger (guitar and harmonica).
‘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)
‘Over the years the music industry and their punters have overdosed on the use of categories, using words like trends and genre with clear intent of influencing and thereby conditioning people’s tastes for their commercial gain … as with the predatory fashion industry, founded on the fear of being seen to be dissimilar. True diversity, while recognising and encouraging cultural uniqueness,transcends any separation and cherishes a universality and oneness of music. The music of the group Bill Malkin and the Band Wagon goes a long way to overcome these prejudices.’
- Stan Ambrose (Folk Scene, BBC Radio Merseyside)
The Passing Show
The Passing Show was recorded during 2015/2016 at sessions in Chester and at Penybont (near Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast). There are 12 new tracks including St. Helena; Ferryman; A1A; Stranger in a Strange Land; The Passing Show; Geronimo’s Cadillac; Hurricane Ivan; Cranky Old Man; Hollow Men; Old Friends and Hit and Run.
Besides Bill Malkin (vocals, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars and bass) and John Sylvester (keyboards), featured musicians include Chris Lee (Fretless bass), Phil Bradley (harmonica), Paul Reaney (electric guitar) and Richard Coakley (Double Bass).
The final ‘bonus’ track, ‘Mary Ann’, features the multiple talents of South African maestro Alistair Coakley.