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Local Songwriter Holds Pre-Release Party for New Album



MallinenLocal songwriter John Mallinen is hosting a Pre-Release party for his yet to be released album, “Redemption.” The event is being held in conjunction with the Philadelphia Folksong Society and will be Saturday, June 5 at the F&N Gallery, where there will be a sneak peak of the new materialTickets for the event are $20, and include a copy of 25:47 and a voucher for a copy of Redemption, once it’s completed and released. There will also be a raffle for two tickets to the Philadelphia Folk Festival as a fundraiser for the new album.

Mr. Mallinen was born and raised in Denver, CO, but moved to Philadelphia to attend Eastern University, where he graduated in 2006. “I put a record out ["25:47" from Potter Street Records], and spent the next year touring,” he explains, "then I decided to focus on grad school.” Mallinen graduated this year from Eastern with a Masters in Clinical Psychology.

For his last record, he played local venues including - World Café LiveTin Angel, Steel City CoffeehouseFergie’s PubChaplin’sBurlap and Bean, and The Fire. This time, he’s focused on less traditional settings such as yoga and art studios. “When I’m playing alone, I approach live music from a slightly different angle,” Mallinen states.

MallinenMallinen will play with many of the musicians who are also featured on the record including Ross Bellenoit (Amos LeeThe Sweetback Sisters), Todd Erk (Birdie BuschRobert Hazard), and Tom Bendel (Buried BedsLike Moving Insects).   Bellenoit’s band will be the opening act.

The entire process for recording the new record will cost about $16,000and that cover the fees for the studio time, compensation for the musicians and the producer. 


Mallinen says, “I’m using savings from my salary, but it will cost about $5500 just to get in the [studio] door. Turtle Studios has been wonderful.  Do I want to settle for subpar musicianship?  I want to make a true investment. Hiring the right musicians are a big part of the expense to get the right stuff.”  

Come hear some live music, and contribute to Mallinen’s creative journey.


PFS Presents:  John Mallinen
F&N Gallery
2009 Frankford Ave., 
Philadelphia Saturday, 
June 5, 7:00 p.m.

$20 admission, includes previous CD and voucher for new CD