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Mal Fry

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Biography - Mal Fry

Well it's taken 10 years but finally a small break,2 of my songs " you were there " and "In your arms " have been used on a national dutch TV show about Schiphol airport called Hello Goodbye so perseverance does pay off!!!
My song writing inspiration comes from day to day observations and my own experience of life. I have always had a leaning towards the softer, more melodic style of music and my compositions naturally take me in that direction. With any composition I have to say I go for the “if I like it that’s good enough” philosophy and try not to worry about rules or the latest “fashion”. You will notice from my influences, generally they will not be trend setters and I suppose that’s an inherent trait in me.

As for musical influences my tastes tend to be the less well known artists and bands such as Barclay James Harvest, Marillion, Martyn Joseph, although my collection also contains Pink Floyd, The Beatles, John Denver, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and modern artists such as David Gray and Coldplay.
I recorded my first C/D in March 1999 “THROUGH THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER” (a valentine present from my girlfriend). The CD was a bit of fun with just me on vocals and guitar but with some good feedback about the songs I decided to go for a fully produced sound for the next album.
“PURE BLUE” the follow up C/D was recorded at purple studios in Norwich and was definitely worth every penny with sales from gigs and word of mouth of 162 copies to date.
As luck would have it Nigel Harris who engineered the 1st C/D was available to produce “PURE BLUE” and he did a great job in getting the right session musicians and playing a lot of the instruments himself and also coming up with so many great ideas that it was a joy to record.
This led to a 3rd C/D released February 2004 titled “ONE YEAR OUT” recorded at Zig Zag studio’s near Huntingdon and has a more relaxed and upbeat feel to it. This album was produced by Gareth Stuart who also played a lot of the instruments and we coerced his wife Amanda to sing and play keyboards. Session musicians included Dave Larcombe Ex Bible Drummer and Dave Tiplady on bass and local folk legend Roger Smith. So far the response to this album has been superb both critically and commercially with radio appearances and one track (In Your Arms) being selected as a song for an Irish newspaper C/D.
As for performing after 4 years solo I have now formed a band called “October Sun” and we are gigging “One Year Out” and also songs from the new album released 10 July 2006 titled “Close Your Eyes And Count To 5”.
Anyone wishing to contact me for copies or gig info please email to
mal@malvanmusic.co.uk


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