Nicky Swann

Nicky Swann


Burning Bright E.P. available at


Nicky Swann is a singer/songwriter who has been a regular performer on the UK acoustic circuit since April 2007. Nicky was born in South Devon in October 1972 and has been based in the area ever since.
Her contemporary acoustic roots sound draws on elements of folk, country
and blues. Her influences include Carole King, Patsy Cline, Damien Rice,
Lucinda Williams and Etta James

After splitting in 2006 with her long term covers duo guitarist she searched for a replacement, only to be disappointed by those she auditioned.
So determined to continue was she, she decided to take 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.
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.

Nicky's achievements so far include, winning Artsbase 2008 singer/songwriter award,
performing for BBC Radio Devon accompanied by folk singer and fiddle player
Jackie Oates. Supporting Megson, Angie Palmer, Corrine West and Roy Bailey.
Recording a live show, engineered and produced by Phil Beer (Show of Hands)
accompanied by cellist Bethany Porter.
Performing a number of festivals including Chagstock, Lowender, Dartmouth Music
Festival and Swanage Folk Festival.
Recording the "Burning Bright" E.P. at the Sawmills studio in Fowey, Cornwall and is
currently recording her debut album (engineered and produced by Phil Beer).


Burning Bright E.P. Reviews

"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

"The first word that leapt into my mind on hearing, "Burning Bright" was evocative, followed soon after by atmospheric. Nicky Swann has got a powerful voice that's exactly what you need to delivering country tinged folk music, particularly when there's an almost spiritual dimension to the song. "Burning Bright" is only four tracks long, it's not enough, but there is going to be an album soon to satisfy the craving that's still there when the EP comes to an end. The final track "Time Stands Still" recorded live at a sound check sounds like Nicky was fighting back the tears, it really hits the heart."
FATEA Magazine

"Nicky Swann is a Devon based Country Folk influenced Singer Songwriter who has been playing around the acoustic scene in the South West over the last few years and has been increasingly noticed further afield. In preparation for the release of her debut CD she has released an EP consisting of 4 self composed tracks, three of which were recorded in the studio and the final 'Time Stands Still' recorded live during a sound check by a certain Phil Beer (Show of Hands) at Torquay's Blue Walnut Cafe.

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 (CD), and the forthcoming tour to coincide with the said release."

Folk and Roots