Malinky was formed in 1998 and quickly drew attention from the trad music crowd for the attention the band paid to Scottish songs - not just the reels and the jigs, but the ballads and story songs as well. Their mix includes historical music, but also original works (many of which sound like they could be ancient) and covers of songs by contemporary artists like David Francey. The quintet - founder Steve Byrne (vocals, bouzouki, cittern and guitar), Irishman Mark Dunlop (whistles, bodhran, vocals and uilleann pipes), singer and cellist Fiona Hunter, fiddler Jon Bews from Derbyshire, and newcomer David Wood on guitar and bouzouki - brings together a youthfully enthusiastic performance style with a sincere focus on history and education. Several of the band members teach and have made appearances on other artists CDs, sharing their love of true folk - songs that were created as historical record or cautionary tales or simple stories that have been passed down generation to generation for centuries. Malinky makes sure that these musical traditions are preserved and fortified by an injection of energy and the creation of modern folk songs with a hint of Scottish history.
Malinky was recorded live at Happy Days Lodge in Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Peninsula, Ohio on Jan. 18, 2008 by contributing producer Craig Adams.