Wow! What a fantastic Friday we had. 14th of July we headed off to Chiddingly Festival to take the main stage! And what a great festival is was! Great crowd, brilliant sound, a complimentary brandy ( part of the vocal warm-up) from the incredible touring bus that was owned by the organiser Mark Prentice! ( renamed the MB bus !!) Mark took great care of us with plentiful supplies and a great meal cooked for us as soon as we came off stage and served in a green room tent with wine!
A wonderful gig! thank you to Paul Jobson, Andrew McGuiness, Roger Inniss and Ash Wilson for bringing it ! And of course to the Big Boss ! Mr Y for getting us all in one place at the same time! Hahah herding cats n' all that !! Lovely to see Roy Cano, who took these great photos ! xx
On May 20th Malaya went into the studios of The UK Americana Bar TV Show with a group of great musicians to record live versions of Heartsick and Colourblind. We had a fun time with host Sam Millar and his team throughout an interview and a few fun filled sketches. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!
The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter. Everybody's smiling a little bit more....yes, Spring is here and that means it's time for the feel good factor to gain even more sparkle with a new Malaya Blue release. Never one to let her fans down Malaya delivers right on time with a twin track recording ( I've Reached) The Corner coupled with The Letter.
Always looking to surprise and push the envelope (rather aptly), The Letter sees Malaya recording a cover for the very first time and she turns the Box Tops original into her own sexy contemporary version with the help of some of London's most respected session players. (I've Reached) The Corner continues her undisputed progression into a songwriter of depth, vision and pure class. Recorded with members of her regular live unit this gospel tinged blues touches the soul with it's heart felt lyrics and classy playing.
If the warm reception both tracks received at the jam packed launch recently at the iconic Bulls Head venue in London is any indication both are going to become firm favourites live with die hard and new fans alike.
Released initially as a digital only download it will be available from all of the normal platforms.
Malaya Blue: All vocals
(I've Reached) The Corner
Robin Boult; Guitar
Stuart Uren; Bass
Andrew McGuinness; Drums
Graham Pettican; Keyboards
Mete Ege; Guitar
Chicco Allotta; Keyboards
Nick Marangoni; Drums
Cem Tuneer; Bass
plus The Hoxton Horns
James Lawrence; Trombone
Bodo Maier; Trumpet
Malaya Blue are kick starting our live outings for 2017 in style at the iconic jazz and blues venue The Bulls Head in Barnes London on Friday March 3rd. The show will also serve as the launch of a brand new double track release and features the incredible musicians who performed on Heartsick.
Here's what the Bulls Head says, '' Friday 3rd – Malaya Blue New Single Launch: Malaya burst onto the live circuit in 2015 following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, “Bourbon Street”, her powerful stage presence soon winning audiences at major venues and festivals everywhere, including the Great Rock & Blues Festival, Birmingham International and Colne. Along the way, Malaya was nominated for awards in no less than four different categories by the British Blues Association, best female best vocalist, best track, “Bitter Moon”, best album and best emerging artist, an unprecedented feat for an unknown. 2016 saw Malaya back in the studio recording a follow-up album along with some of the cream of British Blues musicians; Dudley Ross, guitar, (Kirk Fletcher, Lisa Mann), Paul Jobson, keys, (Blue Tones, Joss Stone), Stuart Uren, bass, (Stray, Blue Devils) & Andrew McGuiness, drums, (Temptations, Alexander 0’Neil). The resultant album, “Heartsick” has received even higher praise than her debut album, with widespread national and international print and online media acclaim, regular radio play on Radio 2 and other UK based British blues broadcasters and on stations across the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, South America and most of Europe. This very special show at the Bull’s Head will see Malaya performing with the same red-hot players who featured on “Heartsick”. 8.30pm Tickets £11 in advance & £13 on the door ''
We had the best possible finale to 2016 supporting the legendary Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at Norwich Waterfront in front of a packed appreciative crowd. It was floor to ceiling glitz and glam, and a vocal extravaganza. Onwards and upwards now to 2017!!
What an amazing time we had taking part in both sold out nights at Cranleigh Arts Centre supporting Paul Jones in his annual charity fundraising event. Malaya and the Heartsick band performed on both nights and the guys were the main house band throughout. As a bonus Malaya got to duet with Shakin' Stevens on the second night.
What an honour to share the bill with Shakin' Stevens, Janiva Magness, Noel McCalla, Dennis Greaves & Mark Feltham of Nine Below Zero, Catfish and of course Paul Jones himself.
Photo by Rob Blackham.
The Motown legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas have just announced 10 special Christmas Dates in the UK throughout December. We are very proud that Malaya Blue has been hand picked to support Martha at the penultimate date at The Waterfront Norwich on Sunday 18th December. Tickets are £22.50 and will be available shortly direct from malayablue.com with no booking fee.
We are thrilled to be sharing a stage with such an iconic act who recorded tracks like Dancing In The Street, Heat Wave and Jimmy Mack to name only a few.
A massive thank you to all the wonderful venues and their staff who have hosted us in 2015 ! it could not be done without the time and effort that goes into the Live Scene, a big thank you to the sound engineers, the coffee makers and the spirit pourers.... for keeping us on the road ! A big thank you to...
Skegness Great British Rock & Blues Festival;
Harbour Rooms Blakeney;
Walnut Tree Shades Norwich;
Seagull Theatre Lowestoft;
The Jazz Cafe Camden;
100 Club Oxford Street;
Uckfield Civic Centre;
The New Crawdaddy Club Billericay;
Blues on the Farm Festival Chichester;
Feathersfest Wymondham (Headline);
Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival;
Apex Theatre Bury St Eds;
Dereham Blues Festival;
The Chambers Folkestone;
The Platform Southampton;
White Cliffs Blues Festival Dover;
Three Horse Shoes Kent;
The Bulls Head Barnes;
Noel Arms Melton Mowbray;
Great British Blues Fest. Colne;
Big Blast Fest. Brighouse (Headline);
Blues in the City. Chelmsford (Headline);
Tuesday Blues Club Coulsdon;
Wrotham Arms Broadstairs;
European Blues Challenge ( Boom Boom Club);
Pizza Express Music Lounge Maidstone;