Are you a musician and would like to donate your song recording to Eric's Wish? If so please get in touch ... via contact page. Thank you so much.
Contributing Song Artist Bios ...
Lorraine Brunning – A UK musician. I have been singing all my adult life and was for many years a professional actor. I worked extensively in theatre/television over those years and from time to time was lucky enough to be involved in musical theatre productions – probably my favourite thing to do. Apart from taking acting roles I was a regular performer at the Ritz in London and Pizza on the Park – mainly singing French music. Nowadays I sing for pleasure and this song which I recorded some years ago is a fusion between my love of the great American song book and French Chansons.
Custom Made Band - A US band. Custom Made Band based in Minnesota, USA is made up of 3 local musicians;- Steve Mahlum, Kris Nelson-Jensen and Jay Skrukrud who take you on a musical memory tour of the 50's, 60',s and 70's classic rock and country. http://stevenkris.com
Melanie Dunhill – A UK singer. Through singing and writing music, my heart and soul find their voice. I am honoured to contribute to Eric’s Wish project in memory of my parents. Cancer took my cherished Mum in 2018, and sadly my Dad wasn’t strong enough to live without her. So, I am singing for them both to do all I can to further research into curing this terrible disease, so other families may be spared losing their loved ones. I am also singing to honour the life and cancer research work of Eric Mahlum. I am UK based and on Facebook.
Barry Fish - A US professional musician - see Barry's full bio, available by clicking the link you will find just before the photo gallery below ...
Tricia Haynes - Tricia, a US musician, has been a full-time, professional singer, actress, songwriter and producer all her adult life, and has performed across North America. She has starred in dinner theatre, night clubs, on radio, television and in film. In the 1990's began writing music and scripts for children's entertainment. She then created a colourful puppet troupe called The Toonies, and within a year it grew into a full-time position. Tricia and her Toonies have entertained across the US, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada. https://thetoonies.com
Al Lang - A US musician, is married to his wife (Pat) of 46 years, has four grown children, with grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. His wife and family have been his biggest fans and at times biggest critics.
He started performing music in public around the age of 17. He grew up listening to his grandpa, uncles, aunts play and sing. He began listening to the great guitar players such as Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and the Beatles. Being a self-taught musician he learnt the guitar with a few basic chords, with help from his uncles and a Mel Bay Guitar book that his father bought him in 1966.
He's now been performing music for over 50 years, which has included performing in many different bands with great talented musicians.
His biggest influences in the traditional country music field have been Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Gene Watson, and Lefty Frizzell just to mention a few. After 47 years of On the clock work he is now retired, with the current goals to keep performing in the styles of those great traditional country artists, for as long as God will allow. With more time to share and express his love for the music that he plays, he is currently performing at many venues, and especially likes playing for the Senior Living/Retirement Centres.
Steve Mahlum - A US musician. As the proud father of Eric I would like to thank everyone who participates in this musical event and memorial for such a great cause. I have been playing in bands for many years in West Central Minnesota, playing everything from Classic Rock to Country and have learned so much from fellow musicians in these bands. Currently playing with “Custom Made”, an oldies and classic rock band. We have been so lucky to have opened for so many Nationally known acts. Eric loved helping people in any way possible. Through this endeavour we hope to carry on his legacy of fighting cancer and other major diseases.
Kris Nelson-Jensen - A US singer. I am currently a singer/songwriter and bass guitar player in a band called Custom Made from Central Minnesota, USA. I have performed music of all types since a very young age. Music has always been my way of reaching out to help people heal. I have worked as an Activity Director in long term care in Minnesota for many years and am blessed to see first hand how music impacts lives.
Lisa Porter - A UK singer - When not belting out AC/DC covers with Suffolk's finest rock covers band, Beergut 100, I sing soul, motown, pop and anything else that can make people dance. I’m also fond of a bit of an acoustic session or two, especially when it involves my mates. This led to the formation of Kettlefish, (who can often be found in the corner of the pub on a Saturday afternoon arguing over whose round it is, whilst picking on Tommo). I am also responsible for some appalling ukulele playing. Can usually be found with a pint of Gin & Tonic and a guilty expression.
The Ditch Dwellers - UK musicians. The Ditchdwellers are an acoustic duo who play blues, soul and rock covers, usually in pubs! Our contribution is a studio cover of the Pink Floyd classic, wth Bob Dellar singing vocals and Nick Browning on guitar and ukeleles, with guest appearances from two mates with a lifetime of experience making great music, namely Nic Neale and George Hinchliffe. The track started life as someone else’s project in 2016 - Nick contributed some tracks to a recording marking the last sugar harvest in Hawaii. I always thought we should do a proper Ditch Dwellers version as it's in our set list but there never seemed the time until the coronavirus came along. So it was finished off in self-isolation, percussion from Lanzarote, vocals from Suffolk added to piano, guitar and ukulele recorded earlier in London, Kent and another part of Suffolk. There's serendipity in the theme of the lyrics for the current times.
Tommo Thomson - A UK musician. Born in 1958, Tommo took up music at an early age. “My first instrument was the egg-slicer”, he recounts, “it had a unique sound, and I think it was in some kind of weird micro-tonal tuning interval, but I could still get a tune out of it”. After finding that no-one at school wanted him in their band he decided to change instruments. “I took up the guitar instead, but, due to one or two issues, including being unable to play, I still couldn’t get into a band”. Years passed, then, out of the blue, a drummer friend suggested that Tommo try playing bass since the band he was in (“The Sugar Glyders”) needed a bass player. Tommo soon realised that bass was far easier than the pesky guitar, and he’s never looked back. Tinnitus, a ruined liver and a knackered back are now living proof of 62-year-old Tommo’s dedication to heavy basses, loud drummers, 4X12 cabs and booze. “I wouldn’t change a thing”, he quips, “playing live is better than anything else I can think of”. And Tommo’s advice to budding musos? “Never take it too seriously, and practice a lot! Be both as good as you can and reliable, but have fun! And no matter how technically poor you may think you are, remember that there are people out there who would give their eye teeth to be on the stage that YOU’RE standing on’’! Music forever!