Monday, 23 October 2017

BIG NEWS...

NEW ALBUM TO BE MIXED BY SAM WILLIAMS

I'm thrilled to announce that my new record is being mixed by musician and producer Sam Williams

While famously having produced the platinum selling 'I Should Coco' by Supergrass, Sam's also worked with artists including Plan B, David Bowie, The Noisettes, Kula Shaka and Gaz Coombes.  

Sam Williams

The as yet untitled record will be out in early 2018 and I can tell you that from the early mixes Sam is sending through, it will be worth the wait. I'm really proud of it and the many fabulous musicians who have contributed to its creation. 

RECORDING

 
Acoustic guitar time - Martin DX1RAE


Patrick Kenneally on drums

Jon Bretman

Fact: Stephen's lap steel guitar is worth over £1k

Stephen Barlow

Elder brother Ian

Musician and session engineer Tali Trow
  Tali's son Arthur showing us how it's done


WHILE NOT RECORDING...

After a great gig at The Isle of Wight Festival, I had the pleasure of supporting Mark Morriss from The Bluetones up in Aberdeen. Lovely and talented guy, thanks to AGP Aberdeen and everyone who came to see me. 

Backstage lovin'
I also appeared on the Jon Holmes show on Talk Radio, playing a couple of songs live (with the brilliant Darling Boy) and being interviewed. You can watch it all below, should you so wish: 




CARELESS SONS

When I shared the stage with the very lovely band that is Careless Sons for Cambridge TV Sofa Sessions last year, I had no idea I'd be in one of their music videos (and neither did they). It's one of the great randoms of the universe that I am, check it out below. 



They're doing a series of connected videos, so I'm also at the end of this equally brilliant music video of theirs too.  

Spookily, I have a massive fight with an onscreen girlfriend (which starts with smoke) in this Nathan Grisdale music video too. Things don't go well with the girl and I in this Jar Family music video either. 


AND FINALLY....

I hate it when people pirate my music.




Much love, 

Nigel. X

P.S. One of my hugely talented friends is in a touring show called 'The Hartlepool Monkey' - it's brilliant, go see it!
P.P.S. I've just finished 'How Not to be a Boy' by Robert Webb. Well worth a read.
P.P.P.S. This is the most addictive game you'll ever play. Ever. It's all about paperclips/taking over the universe.



'If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.'
Albert Einstein.  


A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henrydavid121060.html?src=t_acting
'So go create. Take photographs in the wood, run alone in the rain and sing your heart out high up on a mountain where no one will ever hear and your very existence will be the most hypnotising scar. Make your life be your art and you will never be forgotten.'
Charlotte Eriksson 

Friday, 2 June 2017

New album, new gigs...

Hey, I've missed you. 

* LIVE *

Very happy to say I'm playing at the Isle of Wight Festival again this year on the Kashmir Cafe stage - Sunday 11th June at 7.50pm. Do come and say hello if you're there, it's going to be a great festival and the Kashmir is a great stage (they've even got special guests Wheatus playing the day before and their beer is the stuff of legends) Full line up here.





Mark Morriss





I'm also supporting the mighty Mark Morriss from The Bluetones in Aberdeen at Drummonds on 1st September. Tickets here. I love love love playing in Scotland, huge thanks to AGP for inviting me.

More shows to be announced soon...









The Hospital Club

The packed Hospital Club gig was great, thanks to everyone who came down for it and to Darling Boy for hosting! Here's a version of 'Stepping Up' which will be appearing on my forthcoming album.



* NOT LIVE *

I've been doing some advance work on my next album - it's going to have quite a different feel from 'Travelling Man', I'm really excited for you to hear it though the main recording sessions are yet to come.    

Jon

* FORMERLY LIVE *

It was an honour working with Mike Batt on his musical 'Men Who March Away' which premiered at St.Anne's Church in Limehouse accompanied by the Docklands Sinfonia Players and a hugely talented cast and crew. I also got to play guitar with a full symphony orchestra, which was really quite special!


Keeping out of trouble with my guitar at the back

Second on the right with some of the amazing cast

Mike and I

I really hope it gets some kind of tour because it's full of really great music and a witty script and deserves to be successful. It's always something to work with someone you admire so much, and Mike's talent - not least at songwriting - is something to aspire to match. 


* FILMED LIVE  *(then edited, then award winning)



Some great reviews and laurels for the short film 'Interception' directed by Jesper Emborg and featuring the epic acting talents of Ben Gardner Gray and Francesca Fraser. You can watch it below. 




* ALIVE WITH MUSIC *

All three of my special 'Your Favourite Songs You've Never Heard' can be streamed or downloaded from here. Number four will be up soon, followed by an acoustic special. 

More soon! 

Nigel. X



“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”
Plato. 



"Acting? It was my left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised."
Roger Moore

 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Shows, podcasts and new album

Hello you! 

Thanks for dropping by.


LONDON SHOW

I'm very excited for my gig on Friday 17th February at the prestigious Hospital Club in Covent Garden for the 'Darling Boy Presents' evening. 

This will be a stripped down acoustic show with double bass and I'll be playing brand new songs from my forthcoming album as well as tracks from 'Travelling Man'.  

The night kicks off at 7pm and I'll be on about 9pm. It's FREE ENTRY but as it's a private members club you have to register here for entry, which is but the work of moments.


Just add drums on 17th...
  
To compensate for my maestro drummer Pat not being in the photo above, here's a video of him playing along to the DJ after our recent Hamburg show - having very much enjoyed the wonderful (and plentiful) hospitality of our German hosts...




PODCASTING

In association with Bombshell Radio, I've recently produced two podcasts on 'Your Favourite Songs You've Never Heard' - tracks from a wide range of genres and acts, signed and unsigned which you may have missed but which deserve to be heard and fallen in love with.  



The first show (2 hours) can be downloaded free via the Soundcloud link below. You can  download the second (1hour) for free via iTunes, and the main website here






MEN WHO MARCH AWAY

I've the great pleasure of working with legendary songwriter Mike Batt on the premiere of his new musical 'Men Who March Away' set between the First World War and the Spanish Civil War. 



Tickets are available from here. Our first rehearsal was yesterday, it's really going to be something special. 

NEW ALBUM

* Will be recorded soon.
* Will be recorded abroad. 
* Will be recorded in a furnace. 

FIRST ALBUM 

If you've not bought your Limited edition heavyweight vinyl or CD's of 'Travelling Man' now is the time to do is as I'm including a variety of FREE BONUS CD'S/VINYL in all purchases. 

Every penny I make on album sales will go into recording the next album, so anything you buy really helps!

Available from: http://nigelsongs.com/store


'I wouldn't be at all surprised if Travelling Man appears on a number of Album of the Year lists.' Digital Journal.

'Travelling Man combines characteristics of indie rock, pop and folk to create a colourful compilation that really resonates.' Pure M.

'It’s hard to find a favourite track on an album this well crafted. Bravo!' Jammerzine.

'...a masterfully crafted collection of songs.' Stephen Brolan. 

'...one of the most soulful modern indie rock albums you’re likely to hear for a while.' TeeTotal Guitar.

' ... he continues to prove himself as a gifted songwriter, vocalist and guitarist.' Indie Biscuits.

'He's an artist that instantly grows on you...Nigel Thomas has "it", a real delight.' Rock At Night.

More reviews - http://nigelsongs.com/press
      

That's all for now. YOU are a lovely person for reading my blog, thank you. 

Nigel. X

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'Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, 
To Soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.' 
William Congreve. 

'He who sings doesn't have bad thoughts'
Bulgarian saying and a clue.    
 



Monday, 12 September 2016

Videos and awards!

'DRIFT'

Hello. Firstly, here's the brand new video to 'Drift' from my debut album, 'Travelling Man'. It was recorded by Tali Trow in his music room in Tooting with Tali on electric instruments and the wonderful Kerenza Peacock on strings. 




This video was made on a tiny budget by Infinite Pictures, written and directed by Zoe Beck, produced by Gavin Fry and filmed by the docks in Gravesend. The violinist in the video is also a talented actress, Helena Gullan. Huge thanks to everyone involved. 

The Drift filming dream team!
  Want to buy a copy of this track or the whole album and help me make more music? Click here for all your options, and thank you!


'5476 Miles' - AWARD WINNING

The amazing hand-made stop-motion video to '5476 Miles' has been doing the short film festival rounds and has just won 'BEST MUSICAL SCORE' at the 'WildSound Toronto Film Festival'. 

Check out some of the lovely audience feedback (I need to gig in Canada, clearly!) 




The full music video was made by my hugely talented younger brother Terry Thomas and can be seen here

Also an official ASFF selection

DARLING BOY 

Darling Boy and I have done many musical things together. One thing we've NEVER done is work on his debut solo album together - UNTIL NOW! Using his sticky musical tentacles he gathered some of the finest musicians on the planet at Vader Studios with Matt Terry (The Enemy, Boy Kill Boy etc) and we made beautiful music together. Teaser video coming soon...

Handsome fellows
 
Not too shabby


Matt Terry at the controls

McCartney says 'Oooh'


ACTING

I've had a spate of commercial acting jobs - which is handy for getting funds ready for recording the next album. I also got to work with some really great cast and crews, I'm very lucky. 

Here's the first video for Nuffield Health, humungously fun to film, though some of the scenes left me needing genuine physio...

 




Next up, we've a promo for BT Sports with lots of rugby players...



Just a short one for Ikea...



And one for LG which features a REAL SHARK shaped fin...click here for that one.
 
AND FINALLY...




I still can't quite believe Gene Wilder is dead. His unique acting style has influenced my own performances a great deal, I would have loved to have worked with him. 'Stir Crazy' is probably my favourite Gene Wilder film, here's a little clip. 




THE NEXT BLOG WILL FEATURE brand new songs as I get ready for the next album.

Cheers, 

Nigel.

P.S. I stumbled across this article on Twitter about how we're actually living in a Golden Age. I'm inclined to broadly agree.  
P.P.S. Bill Hicks 'Sane Man' is now on Netflix. Watch it immediately. 
P.P.P.S. Do you want to see Johnny Depp and Paul McCartney jamming with a load of epic blues guys? Of course you do
P.P.P.P.S. Watching a live kitten-cam is strangely addictive and calming.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Isle of Wight Festival, XPO North and the future...

Well, it's been a crazy few months - I've held off writing a new blog because there's been a few more important things happening in the world - as well as a lot of suffering, arguments and unhappiness. 

It's easy to feel helpless when the world feels this messed up - if everyone could just be a little bit nicer, more thoughtful and more understanding and considerate of each other, it would be one small step in the right direction. 

I also want to thank everyone who's supported me in any way over the last few months - it's always noticed and I'm always grateful. 

Travelling...

True to my album title, I drove over 1,369 miles to play XpoNorth in Inverness and the Isle of Wight Festival the day after. Driving through the epic fog and rain of the Scottish hills at 2am on my way back was breathtaking, as was the traffic I encountered in London much later that day.


XpoNorth 

I was very proud to be the only English act to have been selected for XpoNorth this year, a wonderful festival of music, film and art. Here's a video of Darling Boy joining me for a filmed session earlier in the day. Huge thanks to everyone at XpoNorth plus the wonderful Ross Calder, Badger, Kev and Steve Robertson.




One highlight of the visit was wandering randomly in HMV in Inverness and hearing 'Fever' being played in the store! Click here for my excited video clip.






Photo dedicated to my dear friend Ross :-)








I had a tremendous gig at the Isle of Wight Festival playing the hugely popular Kashmir Cafe stage. Here's a very funky version of 'Travelling Man' -


Huge thanks of course go to Doug Alldred (who played a blinding set himself) and everyone at the Kashmir Cafe, plus the wonderful musicians Jon Bretman, Tali Trow, Patrick Kenneally and Dave Holland - plus of course, Sir Alex Gold and Gemma Corker.


Darling Boy is 99% vegetables
Ready, set...
"You've got to have a wristband, my man..."


Interview 

Click here to listen to a great interview I did with Phil Lickley about 'Travelling Man.'



Jon Bretman

Speaking of Jon, who did a lot of great guitar work on 'Travelling Man' not to mention The Foxes (although I just have), he's got a fantastic EP out called 'Profit & Loss' which you should immediately listen to here. 



Just pretending

A few photos from some of the recent acting work I've been doing - I can't wait to show you the moving pictures.

'Interception'


'What You Were Looking For'

LG









































The future...



Much love, 

Nigel. X

P.S. Check out Tali and his awesome cover of '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.'
P.P.S. It's not a huge change in their sound, but Dark Necessities isn't half bad.
P.P.P.S. Read 'Pillars of the Earth' by Ken Follett. It's epic. 
P.P.P.P.S. Speaking of Paul Simon - 'Wristband'. Its new and brilliant. 
P.P.P.P.P.S. You didn't fall for the clickbait did you?


"I believe the ability to think is blessed. If you can think about a situation, you can deal with it. The big struggle is to keep your head clear enough to think." Richard Pryor.

"I never used to believe in fate. I used to think you make your own life and then you call it fate. That's why I call it irony." Gene Wilder