Malaya burst on to 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. Malaya was also nominated for awards in no less than four different categories by the British Blues Association, best female vocalist, best track (Bitter Moon), best album and best emerging artist, an unprecedented feat for an unknown talent. 2016 saw Malaya back in the studio recording a follow-up album 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 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.
Tipped to be the ‘Breakthrough Blues Act of 2015’, Malaya Blue has been causing heads to turn and jaws to drop on the British Blues circuit since the release of her stunning debut album ‘Bourbon Street’ mid-way through 2014. With very little PR hype or support it quickly reached No.1 on the British Independent Blues Broadcasters chart causing a flurry of media interest and resulting in being voted into 2nd place in the Blues Matters Writers Poll as Best Newcomer. Malaya worked hard behind the scenes building and rehearsing a first class band ready to take out on the road in 2015 starting with The Great British Rock & Blues Festival at Skegness in January where they received lots of plaudits for both the full electric set on Fri & a stunning acoustic set on Sunday.