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nicky swann

Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Newton Abbot, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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The album is quite bewitching, with Nicky’s gorgeously tender vocal matched and dispatched by equally tender, gently sensuous backings that pair her own acoustic guitar with Alan Cook’s ever-sensitive pedal steel, Bethany Porter’s luscious cello lines and Rick Foot’s double bass.
Beautifully recorded by Tom Joyce, and there’s more than enough must-hear music on Matches And Dispatches to cause me to keep an eager weather-eye out for Nicky’s next recording.
- Folk and Roots

"An artist to watch in 2010 and beyond"

Singer-songwriter Nicky Swann is by no means 'run of the mill' and apparently has no quarms in presenting us with the burden of pigeon hole-ing. Equally comfortable with country-tinged rock n roll Crash and Burn, cool summer jazz Hold On and folksy ballads Little Bird and Amy's Waltz, Nicky Swann runs the veritable gamut of styles and moods but retains a consistent thread throughout that is uniquely her own.
Nicky Swann is certainly an artist to watch in 2010 and beyond.
- Northern Sky

"Aural Beauty"

Nicky Swann's reinvention of the Beatles classic, 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' shows that she's not afraid to mix things up and give them a different perspective. 'Matches and Dispatches' shows that her 'Burning Bright EP' was no flash in the pan, she is capable of bringing that level of aural beauty to a full album. Mainly Americana in style, there is a restlessness about her songs that hint at a need to be seeking out new adventures, be they real or imagined. 'Amy's Waltz' draws on highwayman imagery in a modern context. Hopefully there's plenty of Nicky to come.
- FATEA Magazine


This is an accomplished album that embraces folk, country, rock, pop and soul, all of it anchored by some solid studio players and light touch production by Swann and Tom Joyce.
Pick of the bunch are acoustic ballads 'Tuesday's Lament' and 'Amy's Waltz', the sensual 'You Got Me Boy' and the audacious take on The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'.
- R2

"Rich and Resonant"

Nicky Swann has achieved critical acclaim and support slots for many luminaries of the folk circuit and there's a lot to like about her debut album. Her voice is rich and resonant, her versatility - playing guitar, mandolin and melodica - impressive, and the excellent sidemen contribute to the slick feel of the album. - Acoustic Magazine

"A must for all music fans"

This album is really classy and jam packed full of sublime songs. A must for all music fans.
- Maverick Magazine

"Acoustic Raw Talent"

"Empathetic, soul-felt songs that make it all warm inside these four cold walls again. A voice with heart and passion, but at times gritty and full of vibes from the old country. Acoustic raw talent, no frills, no fancies, just pure, enigmatic soul." Maverick Magazine August 2008 - Maverick Magazine

"We Want More"

"Chocolate, anyone? Gentle but emotive guitar ballad from Devon's finest singer/songwriter, Nicky Swann. Effortless playing and sun-ripened, sweetly simmering vocals blending together into a lilting, slightly mesmerising, 75% cocoa solids melody. Dark, smooth and slightly bitter, addictive and likely to keep you awake for some time, without the headache. Yes, we want more!"

Review for In Too Deep 2008 - M. MacLaren

"Emotionally Honest"

“Nicky Swann is a singer/songwriter whose soulful, heartfelt vocals and emotionally honest songs combine with an impish stage presence to create a direct connection with her audience.” Triste magazine - Triste Magazine

"No Clone"

Even in these four tracks the diversity of Swann's songwriting and stylistic influences is evident, Swann cites amongst her influences Carole King, Patsy Cline and Lucinda Williams, whilst these and indeed others are clear enough but despite starting her career in a covers duo Swann is certainly no clone. Almost immediately with the opening track 'Good Advice' you are drawn into the words weaving gently but firmly with the accompanying fiddle and guitar. Throughout the EP there is a subtlety combined with genuine passion in these four songs which leaves you looking forward to the full product. - Folk and Roots


Matches and Dispatches Album March 2010
Burning Bright E.P. December 2008



“A must for all music fans"
Maverick Magazine

“Subtlety combined with genuine passion”
Folk and Roots

Devon born songwriter Nicky Swann is a performer with a passion. Her delivery is warm, soulful (sometimes gritty) but always spiritually tinged. She uses elements of folk, blues and country to tell her tales of love, hope and death. She lists Paul Weller, Carole King and Janis Joplin as her big three.

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, recording with the top multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer (Show of Hands), winning the Artsbase singer-songwriter award, supporting many top UK artists including Clive Gregson, Roy Bailey and Megson as well as American artists Corrine West and Brooks Williams. She has headlined the acoustic stage at Transition Festival, supported Show Of Hands at Chagstock and is a regular performer at Dartmouth Music Festival and Weyfest. She has also performed for BBC Radio with the award winning folk singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates.

Her new album ‘Matches and Dispatches’ is available now. It is, simply put, 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 new life away from its pop origins) 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.