Here come Hackney’s irrepressible finest The Great Malarkey, bringing you their unbreakable lovebuzz, where death waltz meets urban skank and anything else that takes your fancy. Alex Ware and her marauding septet scarcely allow a moment’s breathing space, other than for the occasional moment of bottom-of-the-glass reflection. Their ethos? Get in, get out and leave a heaving mass of happy, drooling, knackered revellers!
Drawing influence from such culturally diverse and mob-handed ensembles as the Pogues, Mano Negra and Fanfare Ciocarlia, with a twist of Tom Waits for good measure, joining Alex in the band is drummer Joni Belaruski, Jason Nash on accordion, Owen Evans with his banjo, trombone and guitar. A fiddle was always going to be necessary, and Aidan Banks was only too happy to oblige. Next to join the ranks was Jake Appleby: a man of few words, but he plays the bass like it owes him money and finally, with fanfare to boot, new members Young Oscar on Trumpet and Jules on French Horn complete the dastardly lineup.
From an early barnstorming start supporting Toots & The Maytals, the Malarkey-mobile has taken them around the capital, up and down the length and breadth of the land and overseas too, from dive-bars to festivals, both habitats seemingly their natural home. Last year they played Boomtown, Bestival and Bearded Theory and the London Olympics. They released their debut album Badly Stuffed Animals in November 2012 which has received postive reviews in the likes of R2, N16 Magazine and many more.
TGM are very much a live band and not to be missed! They’ve already found them many admirers throughout Europe and they’re set to hit the festival circuit in Summer.
The advice to you, is GET INVOLVED!!!