Music

The Passing Show

Sept 2016


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.



Harvest

Oct 2014


Harvest

Harvest  is a 2 CD set consisting of a ‘best of’ compilation of 20 tracks from the last 5 albums, and an edited recording of Stan Ambrose’s ‘Folk Scene’ programme (broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside in December 2013) during which he interviewed the band and played tracks from the ‘Sleeper’ album.



Sleeper

Aug 2013


Sleeper

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).

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Those Glory Days

Sept 2011


Those Glory Days

Those Glory Days’ was recorded at Shamwari Studio during 2010/2011 with ‘The band Wagon’ (Dave Russell (fiddle and banjo), John Sylvester (keyboards), Chris Lee (fretless bass), Graham Bellinger (harmonica and finger-style acoustic guitar), Mark Woolley (percussion) and Julian Pellatt (backing vocals).

The album includes 11 tracks: 8 new songs written by Bill; one co-written with Graham Bellinger; an instrumental by John Sylvester and a cover of Nick Mitchell’s ‘The Ghost of the Mary Rose’.

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Chocolate Charlie

March 2010


Chocolate Charlie

The Chocolate Charlie CD has been compiled for the Easter 2010 Ellesmere Port British Waterways Boat Festival.

The title track tells the true story of Charlie Atkins, one of the great characters of the narrowboat era. Charlie’s boat, Mendip, is moored at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum.

There is one new track (co written with Graham Bellinger) on the album. ‘The Birkenhead Drill’ tells the story of the fate of a naval frigate built by John Laird’s shipyard in Liverpool, an event which gave rise to the enduring naval tradition of the ‘Birkenhead Drill’ whereby when ships sink it is a given that women and children will be allowed to leave the ship before the Captain and crew. The other tracks are all original folk songs drawn from the last four albums.

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Hunting With The Hounds

September 2009


Hunting With The Hounds

Hunting with the Hounds, which was recorded and produced in 2009 at Shamwari Studio, is a collaborative project with John Sylvester, aided by musical contributions from Chris Lee, Dave Russell, Ian Jones and Alistair Coakley.

Besides the title track, songs include Cropredy Musical Fair, Florida Sky, The Ballad of Robert Cadman, Chocolate Charlie, Jenny Wren, Song for Dad, Christleton Mill, No Place Like Home and Hamba Gahle.

Available to purchase for £6 including postage & packaging.

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Making Waves

May 2008


Making Waves

‘Making Waves’, released in May 2008, features 12 originals and probably best captures Bill’s live sound … especially on the tracks where he is backed by his good friends, the members of Full House (who host the Raven Folk Club). Bill plays acoustic guitar and bass, and does all vocals. Chris Lee plays mandolin and bass; Nick Mitchell features on mandola; Dave Russell plays fiddle and banjo; Ian Jones is on melodeon and flute and Mark Woolley plays all percussion.

John Sylvester, the Aberystwyth-based keyboard player features strongly, adding  piano and organ accompaniment. Other contributions are made by Graham Bellinger (Root Chords) on acoustic guitar and harmonica, Bill Gordon on acoustic guitar, Jamie Matthews (of the Time Bandits) plays the hurdy gurdy, and old school friend, John Nielsen adds bass to two tracks.

The songs describe social inequity; daring to be different; a country girl who follows her dreams of being a dancer but falls foul of the big city; seasonal change; railway stations; missed opportunities; gypsy lovers; the environment; political and social change in Africa; memorabilia; the native American Indians who toured England with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show at the end of the nineteenth century and the waste of wars.

The album was once again recorded, engineered and mixed by Bill at Shamwari Studios in Chester.

Available to purchase for £6 including postage & packaging.

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Part Time Rebel

January 2007


Part Time Rebel

Released early in 2007, Part Time Rebel features 10 original songs, four of which (including the title track) were co-written with Graham Bellinger. As usual a host of Cheshire’s finest musicians have been featured, adding diversity to the recordings.

To quote Nick Mitchell of Full House, “This is a new collection of tales to fascinate, atmospheres to savour and ideas to think about. His writing is crisp, spare and straight to the point, like good songs ought to be. What more could you want? Only more of the same! Cheers Bill!”

Available to purchase for £6 including postage & packaging.

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Now & Then

2005


Now & Then

Released in 2005, ‘Now & Then’ included several new songs, as well as new recordings of old ones and a few of old ones that have been slightly modified.

Recorded at  ’Shamwari Studio’ during 2004/5, with the help of some of Chester’s finest musicians.

They include Chris Lee (Family Mahone and Full House), Graham Bellinger and Phil Bradley (Root Chords), Dave Manley, Mick Horton, Mark Dennis, Phil Gregory (DearGregory)… as well as old South African friend, Alistair Coakley (Hotline, Stimela and Waldorf String Band).

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The Distance

2003


The Distance

The third album ‘The Distance’ was again recorded on  BR8 digital equipment. Local musician friends who made contributions included Graham Bellinger (guitar, dobro & harmonica), Chris Lee (mandolin), Mick Horton (keyboards) and Dave Manley (flute & whistle).

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Calico Road

2001


Calico Road

Calico Road , the second album, was recorded on a Roland Boss BR8 digital machine. Contributing musicians included Chris Lee (mandolin & pedal steel guitar), Dave Manley (flute & whistle), Mick Horton (keyboards) and Graham Bellinger (guitar, dobro, harmonica).

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Still Waters

November 1999


Still Waters

The first album, recorded with the help of Chris Lee  at Pete Massey’s ‘Little Room Studio’, provided demo tracks for future recordings and good experience.




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