​‘Tricks Of The Trade’ - Dipper Malkin - a rich and arresting piece of work

(January 23, 2017)

Taking its essence from the roots of tradition and raising it through inventive and inspired directions to forge new and Tricks_of_the_Trade_Coverexpansive branches, is a progression that demands much from musicians. John Dipper and Dave Malkin comprehensively demonstrate that ability with the aptly-named album from Dipper Malkin – ‘Tricks Of The Trade’. An album that not only reveals their outstanding musical talent but also exposes the listener to ‘tricks’ that only masters of their art can reveal.

Combining viola d'amore, a baroque period instrument with seven bowed and seven sympathetic strings, superlatively expressive guitar and richly expressive voice, Dipper Malkin added the talents of Tom Dennis on flugelhorn and Corrie Dick’s percussion to Ben Corrigan’s production, the result is enthralling. From the spritely interpretation of 'Wine and Women' and the intricate envelopment of 'King Storm/ Daniel Cowper' through the dignified combination of 'Ceri's March/Weaver's March'  to the gentle lament 'All Things Are Quite Silent' this album offers a rich and arresting piece of work. And for added enjoyment, there’s the interesting trajectories of 'Fidler's Morris',  the thrilling verve of 'Answerphone/ Honest Intentions/ Homage A Gilles Laprise', and to close, a delicious rewrite to 'Parting Glass'. 

​‘Tricks Of The Trade’ is an experience to savour as accomplished musicians reveal their expertise through their sensitive treatment of tradition.


Review: Tim Carroll

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