Tell Them of Us
‘Not a gesture, a thought or a sin will be lost on these grains of sand.’
Nicky’s third album ‘Tell Them Of Us’ is a dark, simmering journey through family history, based around her Uncle’s role as an RAF bomb aimer during the second World War Burma campaign, which becomes a vehicle for questioning our moral compass and how we are connected to the past.
Produced by Mark Tucker (Phil Henry and Hannah Martin) and featuring Matt Downer (Mabon) double bass, James Eller (The The) bass, Daniele Giovannoni drums and long time collaborator Paul Caddick on keys.
The album also features Nicky’s stunning original artwork.
How Does Your Land Lie?
In 2013 “Because of You” was voted Winner of Best Original Song at the Spiral Earth Awards.
The song pays homage to the great talent of Victorian theatre architect Frank Matcham who had a masterful understanding of acoustics and was born in Nicky’s hometown of Newton Abbot.
“Because of You” was taken from Nicky’s second album, “How Does Your Land Lie?” A history of her hometown, including diverse and bizarre stories including John Lethbridge’s Seventeenth Century diving engine, an unlikely win at Newton Abbot Races and an unusual exhibit at the local museum – a rope made from human hair.
The album features Beth Porter (cello) and Alan Cook (pedal steel, dobro), Katie Marie (bass and drums) and Paul Caddick (keys).
The cover painting by Newton Abbot artist David Stuttard.
Matches and Dispatches
Nicky’s first album released in 2010 is a mix of country tinged folk, soul and blues – think Nora Jones meets Suzanne Vega.
An album of love and loss; highlights include the prophetic Amy’s Waltz (Amy Winehouse), Tuesday’s Lament (an achingly sad but beautiful family tale) and a complete reworking of the 1963 Beatles single ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.
Featuring Beth Porter on cello, Alan Cook on pedal steel and dobro, Olivia Dunn on violin, Rick Foot on double bass and James Sharp on drums.