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Nigel b Swifte

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'Little One' - EP released 2002


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Nigel b Swifte is a singer songwriter. Born and bred in Melbourne he now lives in the inner city suburb of Brunswick and loves being a part of the Melbourne music scene.

Nigel has just finished his debut solo album Pale Yellow Moon which is due for release later this year. The album encompasses eight Swifte penned songs and two distinctively Swifte styled covers. Lyrically it traverses through vignettes of human experience and draws the listener into a soundtrack of acoustic guitars, cello, pedal steel and piano.

The album features some of Melbourne’s own great local talents. Pat Moore (The Prayerbabies) fills in percussive duties on the drumkit and Michael Meagher (Kate Ceberano) plays an accomplished bass guitar, they combine with Nigel to make up the live trio Nigel b Swifte The Kwiks. Also appearing on the album are feature performances from special guests Steve Hesketh (Jet), Matt Sigley (The Daytime Frequency) and Anita Quayle (The Morningbirds).

Nigel began playing guitar at the age of seven and has been studying it ever since. In his early years at high school he discovered Eddie Cochrane, Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent, so he bought his first amplifier and formed his first band. Later he discovered Jimi Hendrix and blew up that amplifier. As he continued into his final year of high school he blew up two amplifiers and he knew that he’d found the right career. A decade and a couple of bands later, his current influences include David Gray, Lucinda Williams, Nick Drake, Mark Lanegan, Chris Whitley, Gillian Welch, Whiskeytown, Bruce Springsteen and Calexico.

In 2002 Nigel released his first solo ep, ¬Little One, which received airplay on RRR, JJJ and PBS, and sparked interest from music industry executives and punters alike. It sold eighty copies on the night of the launch and has continued to sell into its second pressing.

The 2004/2005 year was a busy one for Nigel. He played at the Folk, Rhythm and Life Festival and the Brunswick Music Festival. In different guises, both solo and with The Kwiks, he supported the cd launches for Marcia Howard and Carus and the True Believers, and played many gigs in and around Melbourne at venues including the Retreat Hotel, the Cornish Arms, the Empress of India and the Evelyn Hotel. He also participated in a Music Management and Self Promotion course tutored by Clare Bowditch.

Nigel aims to continue building up his grass roots fanbase by touring and promoting the launch of the album. He is also looking ahead to his next recording project.