UK: Live, Label
Beautifully etched music, as endearingly pastoral as it is emotionally gripping.
Years ago, having left his job as a London primary school music teacher and escaped to the remote landscapes of New Zealand to live a frugal and stoic life, Nick E. Harris spent a year dedicating every waking hour to refining his guitar playing and songwriting, while busking to pay the bills. When he emerged again and returned to London, it was evident that this decision had paid off; after working with Ben Lovett of Communion Music, he self-released his debut album ‘Chimera’.
Since then the guitarist has released his second album ‘The Tall Trees’, seeing a significant development of both intricacy and style, combing beguiling vocals with acoustic guitar playing that combines the old with the progressive. Recorded entirely at night by eminent Brighton producer Nick Trepka (Speech Debelle, Emmy the Great, Kieran Leonard) the album features a diverse orchestra of supporting instruments from accordions, horns, flutes and string sections, to tribal chanting and percussion. His third album ‘And now the night…’ was released in September 2022 on Folklore Records.
Nick’s music has been met with acclaim and support from Clash Music, Q Magazine (Calm Your Demons – Track of the Day) and BBC 6 Music among others.
In recent years Harris has played shows with the likes of Courtney Barnett, Moulettes, Keston Cobblers Club, Rozi Plain, and has toured extensively in the UK and throughout Europe. He has been long-listed for the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition, with performances at Wilderness, Cambridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury and Green Man among many others, as well as playing a multi-instrumentalist in ‘Patch and The Giant’ (Earth Agency) and emerging London alt-folk project ‘EWE’.
Nick Edward Harris commands a timeless voice and enviable storytelling songwriting.
— Raw Meat
A mesmerising musical reminder that intricacy, minimalism and craftsmanship can stir the visceral as well as the cerebral.