Nick Hart is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition.
Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for many years before discovering his passion for traditional song. Whilst studying for an ethnomusicology degree, he began to explore the large body of recordings of traditional singers from the second half of the 20th century, and this led to several years of fevered study and many nights spent at folk clubs and festivals, honing his skills as an unaccompanied singer.
Nick's initially hardline attitude to the accompaniment of folk songs has softened over the years, but his love of the nuances of traditional singing informs his minimal guitar accompaniment, and his songs are delivered with a great emphasis on storytelling. His repertoire of songs, drawn largely from his native East Anglia, reflect his understanding of both the depth and breadth of material within the English tradition and he is fast acquiring a reputation as an engaging and entertaining performer.
2017 saw the release of his first solo album, Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs. Recorded by long-time collaborator Tom Moore, the album has been well received, being described as "One of the most rewarding and accomplished albums we've heard this year" by fRoots, "A cult classic in waiting" by Grizzly Folk, "Absolutely excellent" by FRUK, and "The real deal" by Mike Harding.
The follow-up, entitled Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs, was released to further critical acclaim in 2019. Nick is currently working on a third album, set for release in 2021. He has confirmed that it will have ten English folk songs on it, but the title remains shrouded in mystery for now...
“One of the most rewarding and accomplished albums we've heard this year”
“Uncluttered, great singing that reminds me of the very best English roots singers... this is the real deal”
“A cult classic in the making”
Folk Radio UK
“A wonderful record of some of England’s finest traditional songs, preserved in a beautifully unadulterated form”
Bright Young Folk
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