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Nels Andrew

The extraordinarily talented Nels Andrews (with Brandon Seabrook on banjo) returns to the UK after his visit in April 2013. We guarantee an evening of absolute delights from two of the finest singer/songwriters/musicians of their generation. 

 “Sparsely arranged, slyly intelligent country-folk stuffed with juniper winds, Juarez jails and long women in short dresses, delivered with all the gruff urgency of Tom Waits over lap steel and ruptured guitar.” UNCUT **** 

 "One of The Best Albums of the year" Bob Harris, BBC radio2 

 “Nels Andrews is that much sought-after treasure in music. He’s the real deal - A wonderful and delicate work of art” Maverick UK ****

Nels Andrews has spent the last decade wandering, gathering songs,  and singing them all over the  globe, sharing them around campfires, coffeeshops, clubs , festivals, and living room floors. Modern Folk.

 Critically, he’s struck a nerve, earning songwriting awards from prestigious US festivals such as Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. BBC 2's legendary DJ Bob Harris recognized his work as an album of the year. He has been in the top 5 of the year Americana UK charts, as well as KRO Dutch National Radio, Alt-country NL, Ctrl Alt Country (Belgium), and the European Radio Americana Chart . Nels’ premiere album Sunday Shoes continued to find itself in Top Ten albums of the year lists, almost always as the only independent release. His second album, Off Track Betting, received similar critical acclaim, leading to headlining shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and national television broadcast from the legendary Bim Huis in Amsterdam.

Nels has just released his third studio album ‘Scrimshaw’, joining up once again with acclaimed producer Todd Sickafoose (Tiny Resistors, Anais Mitchell, Ani Difranco, Andrew Bird, Yoko Ono) and , features his  touring band Jonathan Goldberger (Tiny resistors) and Brandon Seabrook (Peter Evans, Mark Ribot, Trevor Dunn) and wildly talented friends from all over the country. The record was recorded overlooking the Naval Yards in Red Hook Brooklyn,  and tells stories culled from a time off the road, working as a chauffeur in Manhattan and watching his infant son grow into a toddler in his Brooklyn apartment. It is a work of unquestioned genius.

Nels has shared stages across the US and Europe with the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Dick Gaughan, Slaid Cleaves,  and The Tallest Man on Earth , and  twice on the main stage at Holland's TakeRoot festival, The Big Big Country festival in Glasgow, Scotland, and The Orange/Vodaphone Evolution festival in Newcastle, England.

"He has the rare ability to conjure entire vistas and characters in no more than a couple of lines. His songs are music as landscape, timeless tales that instantly take root in your mind as though they've been there forever. In fact, if Annie Proulx wrote songs she would sound like Nels Andrews."Americana UK

“The audience hang on his every word, recognizing that they’re in the presence of someone special, and he could have played encores forever. Instead he contents himself with just the one, and heads off into the night, With Bob Harris leaving behind awe, wonder and satisfied minds.”Americana UK Live Review, The Maze, Nottingham                                                                                    

"Strikingly intimate album that combines deft storytelling with a warmth of tone and gentleness of pace..awash with layers, metaphors and echoes woven into subtle, contemplative contemporary song. Like finding a seashell at the back of a dusty cupboard, putting it to your ear and hearing the ocean". -Folk Radio UK

“Outstanding” - The Daily Telegraph, UK

"A true wellspring of 21st century music." album of the week, Iain Anderson, BBC Scotland

“The rhythm of the ocean... and light and shade dynamics reminiscent of Astral Weeks. As great singers do, Andrews has the gift of making the ‘La-La-La’ coda sound as profound as ancient philosophy” (4/5 stars) Rock’n Reel Magazine, UK


Sunday Shoes - 2005

Off Track Betting  - 2008

Scrimshaw  - 2011

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