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After splitting from her covers duo and long term guitarist in 2006 Nicky searched for a replacement but was disappointed by those she auditioned. Determined to continue, she decided to take on the role of guitarist herself and quickly expanded her three chord repertoire and was gigging again after six months. She started to write new material and relaunched herself as a singer-songwriter.
Since then she hasn't looked back and her achievements to date include, winning "Best Acoustic Act" at South West Music Awards, winning the Artsbase "Singer-Songwriter Award" and sharing the stage with many top UK artists including Charlotte Church, Clive Gregson, Roy Bailey and Megson as well as American artists Corrine West and Brooks Williams. She has performed at many festivals throughout the UK including HOME, Bristol Folk Festival and Chagstock, has headlined the acoustic stage at Transition Festival as well as performing in Europe. She has performed live for BBC Radio including an impromptu performance with award winning folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates.
Nicky's new release "How Does Your Land Lie?" is a collection of eleven original songs inspired by the history of her home town Newton Abbot. Two of the town's famous sons, Frank Matcham (leading Victorian theatre architect) and John Lethbridge (diving engine inventor) are celebrated (Because of You and Diving) alongside the famous Dartmoor tale of Kitty Jay and Jay's Grave in One Track Line.
While the album touches on specific names and places it is never parochial but carries emotional resonances far beyond the town boundaries.
Her debut album "Matches and Dispatches" was released in May 2010. A collection of songs about love and death. Eleven original tracks, a reworked cover of The Beatles classic "I Want To Hold Your Hand" ( given the same sort of treatment Alison Krauss gave The Foundations' Baby, Now That I've Found You,) and a new arrangement of the traditional Welsh poem "All Through the Night" (Ar Hyd Y Nos). The album was recorded at The Sawmills Studios in Cornwall and features performances from double bassist Rick Foot, cellist Bethany Porter, and pedal steel player Alan Cook.
She has achieved a growing, well respected reputation in such a short space of time, singing from the heart and captivating audiences with her emotionally honest delivery.
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