Nicole Howard

Nicole Howard

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Nicole Howard is a prolific and passionate singer/songwriter. Her compositions are intimate, resonant, sweet and frank. Nicole and her band of experienced and accomplished musicians create an energetic pop/folk sound, rendered with soulful electric guitar and fiddle.

Biography

THE BAND
In Feb 2004, blues and roots muso John Loss and pop-rocker Nicole Howard got together with a mutual interest in alternative country music. After trying to piece together an obscure and diverse repertoire for a number of months, Nicole began writing her own material in December that year. With only a few basic guitar chords, she penned over 50 tunes in the following 12 months.

In May 2005 Roy joined the line up, delivering a little more bang to the sound with his electric guitar and Dobro, contributing significantly to many of Nicole’s compositions. The lineup continued to grow with Bill (double bass) joining towards the end of 2005, and was completed in August 2006 by Matt bringing vibrancy to the music with his red-hot fiddle playing.

Though the music has been described as having influences from roots, blues, folk and country, one punter nailed it when he said "It’s just bloody good pop!"

THE BAND MEMBERS
Nicole Howard is a prolific singer/songwriter who has performed in original bands in London, Boston, and Perth, though this is her first time as a songwriter.

John Loss (rhythm guitar and backing vocals) plays a variety of instruments and has performed in many well-known local blues and Cajun bands such as Tin Dog and Catfish.

Roy Bailey (lead guitar) has a long history in jazz, rock and blues. He is perhaps best known locally for his performances with Heads We’re Dancing and Billies Holiday.

Bill Lawrie (double bass) is a multi-talented musician known for his lively blues harmonica playing. He has performed with bands in Melbourne and Perth such as The Grownups, Gone Dead Train and Tin Dog.

Matt Stapleton (fiddle) has performed in many bands throughout the UK and Perth. He plays regularly in various local bands, including Press Gang Three.

Lyrics

Too Close

Written By: Nicole Howard

TOO CLOSE

I come into your life
You say don’t get too close
I can’t define
What’s wrong inside
What’s in this picture of you

And so I walk away
Leaving you far behind
So why must it be
The sadness in me
And you always on my mind

In the empty days that follow
You will find no peace of mind
In the sadness that tears at your soul
You will find life is unkind

And if my feeling’s right
Being with you is wrong
If all this I know
Then why is it so
I miss you in my waking hours

In the empty days that follow
You will find no peace of mind
In the madness that tears at your soul
You will find life is unkind

Leaving You Again

Written By: Nicole Howard

Sun is sinking low
Over the grass so high
Sitting and looking back
Out from my weary eyes
On this lonely afternoon
Without you

You say it’s tearing you apart
Seeing me leaving
But it’s too late in the day to start
So you just sit there

Light on the marble head dawning
You sit and stare at it yawning
Comes down to what you believe
And it cannot be, can it?

Taking the longest road
To where I want to be
Miles away from here
And far from the misery of your skinny little mind
Killing time

You say I’m treating you unfair
You’ll try harder this time
I say I’ve already been there
And I’m so tired of promises

Don’t go, I told you, I’m sorry
I’ll make it up to you, honest
Please stay, you’re breaking my heart
It’s not really too late, is it?

Stormy

Written By: Nicole Howard

I see the sun rising in your eyes
Then I see dark clouds appear overhead
And I see storms rising to the west
I see you look at me wishing me dead
And the storms roll in
And the storms roll in

The dawning brings in a ray of hope
There’ll be no blackness, no darkened way
The light will shine on us all the way through
But hell will freeze over on that day
And the storms roll in
And the storms roll in

Stay within, don’t ask for more
As you crawl across the floor
Haven’t you been here before?

Years and years this goes on and on
The question lingers when will it end?
It’s hard to see when you’re standing so close
But change must surely be in the wind
And the storms roll in
And the storms roll in

Stay within, don’t ask for more
As you crawl across the floor
Haven’t you been here before?

Discography

4 track CD titled: Nicole Howard
3 track demo titled: Nicole Howard and The Devil You Know

Set List

2 sets of 45 minutes each. Plenty of songs waiting to make up a 3rd set.

No covers