Malachy Tallack began writing and performing in Shetland as a teenager. Since then he has produced three albums and gained widespread praise and attention. In 2007 he was chosen to support the legendary Runrig on their autumn tour, after the band heard Malachy performing live on radio.
His new album, from the thorn, will be released on the 6th June.
The Desert (2003)
Malachy's debut album was released in 2003. The Desert featured Steven Laurenson on guitar, Michael Laurenson on bass and Rory Tallack on drums, as well as appearances from Donald Anderson, Jenna and Bethany Reid and Nancy Hunter. The album contains a mix of acoustic tracks and fast-paced rock songs, and was described as "a clutch of potent anthems and graceful melodies".
Edges & Spaces (2005)
Recorded over the space of eight months in 2005, Edges & Spaces is a diverse collection of songs, highlighting Malachy's strengths as a songwriter. The album featured many guest artists from among Shetland's top musical talent, including Jenna Reid, Brian Nicolson, Grant Nicol, Abby Hayward and Lise Sinclair. It was widely played on local and national radio, and was described by BBC Scotland's Tom Morton as "a superb piece of work". He wrote: "Edges & Spaces is a triumph, packed full of great songwriting and splendid performances. I wholeheartedly recommend it for your listening pleasure, intellectual stimulation and emotional enhancement."
from the thorn (2009)
from the thorn is the new album, released in June 2009. It is a mix of solo acoustic songs and tracks recorded with Malachy's new band, comprising Astryd Jamieson on piano and vocals, Steven Laurenson on guitar and vocals, Graham Malcolmson on bass, Paul Mullay on drums and Rory Tallack on fiddle and vocals. To hear songs from the album, and to find out more, visit the News page.