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Malin Lewis



CD/LP/DL 03.05.24

Malin Lewis’ debut album Halocline embodies trans identity and musical innovation

Out Friday 3 May 2024 | On Hudson Records


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Malin Lewis (they/them), the pioneering queer bagpiper, fiddler, instrument maker and composer, is set to release their highly anticipated debut album entitled Halocline on Friday 3 May 2024 on Hudson Records.

Drawing its name from the halocline, a visible layer of water formed between saltwater and freshwater, the stunning body of work symbolises Malin’s existence as a trans person in a space of inspiration and individuality between a binary.

With a unique blend of West Coast piping traditions and inventive, self-made instruments, Malin showcases a mesmerising fusion of sound that reflects their journey as a trans person and their deep, lifelong connection to music.

Inspired by the captivating sounds of bagpipes from a young age growing up in Moidart and Skye in north west Scotland, Malin began creating their own instruments in their teens, starting with simple experiments of drilling holes in sticks and inserting chanter reeds.

Aged 15 they discovered the innovative Lindsay System Chanter, a two-octave 3D printed smallpipe. Enthralled by the instrument’s possibilities, Malin collaborated with its inventor Donald Lindsay to create the world's first wooden version of the instrument.

With its distinct voice and character, this chanter became central to Malin's creative process, shaping their musical identity and inspiring experimentation on various instruments, as showcased throughout their album.

Featuring a stellar lineup of musicians, including Luc McNally on bouzouki, guitar and electric guitar, Cammy Maxwell on double bass and synth, Maija Kauhanen on kantele and vocals, Matthew Herd on saxophone, Michael Owers on brass, Stuart Brown on percussion, and Sally Simpson on fiddle, Halcoline weaves together intricate compositions and spine-tingling melodies inspired by European folk traditions, human nature, queerness and the universe.

The first single from Halocline, released on Saturday 9 March, is Elision, which Malin wrote when they were just 18. The track begins with two traditional Bulgarian Kopanitsas, or line dances, infused with an infectious beat. The track's name refers to a technique used in poetry which involves omitting sounds or syllables to enhance the flow and rhythm.

The second single from the album, The Old Inn, out Saturday 30 March, is based on Malin’s fond memories playing in Carbost's cherished pub on the Isle of Skye. The inn served as a creative hub where Malin, alongside their talented friends, explored diverse musical styles, learned new repertoire and forged lasting connections.

In Hiraeth, the third single from the album, set for release on Saturday 20 April, Malin delves into the concepts of longing and equality, drawing inspiration from their childhood memories growing up on the secluded island of Eilean Shona.

Malin Lewis said: “At 14, swimming in an Isle of Skye estuary, I encountered my first halocline — a hazy layer between two worlds, fostering a unique ecosystem. As a trans person, I inhabit a similar in-between space, rich with its own vibrant and colourful culture. My gender and music have always been intertwined; music is my form of self-expression. From childhood, I envisioned sounds that conveyed the joy, intrigue and queerness of the world; Halocline offers a glimpse into this lifelong pursuit of expression.”

Halocline embodies authenticity, born from musical experimentation and identity as one of the first openly trans bagpipers exploring queerness through music.

Since graduating from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Malin has performed across the globe with a range of esteemed musicians, including Ali Hutton, Ross Ainslie, Shona Mooney, Jenn Butterworth, and Finlay MacDonald at festivals including Celtic Connections, Piping Live!, Celtic Colours and Edinburgh Tradfest.

In addition to their live music career, Malin released their first book of original music in 2021 and was a winner of the ‘In tune with Nature’ composing competition run by Nature Scot and Fèis Rois.

Malin will be touring their debut album across Scotland and England throughout spring and summer, stopping at venues from An Lanntair on the Isle of Lewis down to Pound Arts in Corsham.

Halocline was recorded at GloWorm in Glasgow by producer and engineer Andy Bell. Three singles will be released from the record:Elision on Saturday 9 March, The Old Innon Saturday 30 March and Hiraeth on Saturday 20 April.

The album will be available digitally, on CD, black LP and limited edition blue LP from Friday 3 May 2024 and is available to pre-order now at


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For media enquiries please contact:

Catherine McEachern, M: 07528 120 607

Corrie Campbell, M: 07900 981 073, W:

Hudson Records direct - or +44 (0)7748800661

For more information on Malin and their music, please visit: / Facebook: @MalinLewisMusician / Instagram: @malinlewismusic

Malin’s Pronouns are They/Them/Theirs. What’s this?

Track list

  1. Hiraeth
  2. Trans
  3. Cycle Land
  4. Freshwater
  5. Luna’s
  6. A Clearing
  7. Tune 51
  8. The Old Inn
  9. Saltwater
  10. Elision
  11. You Are Not Alone

Tour Dates

10.04 - An Tobar, Isle of Mull

11.04 - Bunessan Hall, Isle of Mull

12.04 - Corrie & Sannox Hall, Isle of Arran

08.05 - Tradfest, Edinburgh

09.05 - Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Isle of North Uist

10.05 - An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis

11.05 - SkyeLive, Isle of Skye

17.05 - Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

18.05 - Kirkgate Arts, Cockermouth

19.05 - Kirkstanton Village Hall, Kirksanton

20.05 - Lowther Pavilion Theatre, Lytham

26.05 - Knockengorroch, Galloway

31.05 - Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth

01.06 - The Gathering, Inverness

06.07 - Moorforge Folk Festival, Gilcrux

20.07 - Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

21.07 - Folk by the Oak, Hatfield House


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