One of five boys, Mal (22) grew up in Carnlough, County Antrim and was playing the accordian by the age of three! His dad and older brothers were in a band at the time and they often left their instruments lying around the house, which gave Mal plenty of opportunity to practice.
This former Northern Ireland Cycling champion, began entering talent competitions at 15 having become aware of his singing abilities.
When Mal was 18, a newspaper advertisement caught his eye - it was a call for members to form a cover band. Mal replied, auditioned in Dublin and got through. Although set up to play covers, within two weeks of forming the band began to play their own compositions. Since then Mal has set up a small recording studio with his brother Declan.
One of Mal's best friends is married to Natalie Maines, singer with the internationally-acclaimed Dixie Chicks and Mal says he would love nothing more than to duet with her.