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Ken Nicol


Sun 30 Mar 2014, 6:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Old Library Building Arts Centre, 7 Rust Ave, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Musician returns to New Zealand roots

Musician Ken Nicol is set to travel 12,000 miles for another homecoming.

The United Kingdom-based singer, songwriter and guitarist is returning to New Zealand - the land of his father's birth.

Half-Kiwi Ken has performed with many of the biggest names in British folk and folk-rock, including Steeleye Span, The Albion Band and Fairport Convention, as well as having a recording career that covers 36 years and well over 50 albums.

Ken first visited New Zealand in 2004 but only for one day! On this visit he will be playing a major series of dates across New Zealand and headling at the Canterbury Folk Festival.

Ken said: "Growing up listening to my father’s stories of this far away land, it’s hard to believe I’d wait almost 53 years before having the opportunity to visit for myself. And though the first time I was there for only 24 hours (a concert at the Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland), there was a strong sense of connection. I felt that the journey had only just begun, and I’d be returning very soon indeed.

"I was enchanted by the beauty of the country and friendliness of the people. Visiting New Zealand really did feel like a kind of homecoming."

Ken's music covers the spectrum from blues to rock, and effortlessly takes in folk, jazz, ragtime and more along the way. Renowned for his super-fluid finger-picking acoustic guitar technique, Ken also plays electric guitar, steel resonator guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin and ukulele. He will be delighting New Zealand audiences with music drawn from throughout his career, ranging from mesmerisingly fast instrumentals to heart-stoppingly beautiful ballads and even some comedy numbers.

Raised in Preston, Lancashire, and then based on Los Angeles, Ken found early success on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1996, Ken started working with Ashley Hutchings - the man who founded British folk-rock giants Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band. It was to prove a very fruitful partnership which continues to this day.

Ken joined legendary folk-rockers Steeleye Span in 2002, touring the world and recording a further four albums with the band until his departure in 2010.

It was after an Australian tour with Steeleye Span that Ken first ventured to New Zealand. Ken also took a motorhome tour vacation of the country, and knew then that he wanted to return.

Ken added: "In 2009 after a series of Steeleye Span concerts in Australia, there was a three week gap in my schedule, and the chance to spend some quality time in New Zealand, traveling not only as a tourist, but also as a musician.

"The experience of meeting relatives, witnessing the country’s breathtaking views, visiting the clubs and festivals I performed at, making so many new friends and especially acquainting myself with my father’s home city, Dunedin, was meaningful to such a point that I struggle to find the adjectives."

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