The enormously popular singer/guitarist from Steeleye Span returns to Humph Hall with the wonderful Scottish singer Fiona Ross!
Two highly respected singers and musicians, Ken Nicol & Fiona Ross, are combining their talents for a concert tour which should delight anyone with an interest in great music and great songs. This unique double header event - with Ken Nicol performing his own set as well as joining Fiona Ross on her traditional songs - is one which shouldn’t be missed.
Ken Nicol is an exceptional musician. As a guitarist, he is one of the most skilled and exciting players anywhere today; as a singer he is capable of evoking a wide range of emotions in his audience; and as a songwriter he demonstrates these abilities in his clever and well-crafted material. His music covers the spectrum from blues to rock, effortlessly taking in folk, jazz, ragtime, ballads and more along the way. In 1997 Ken joined The Albion Band as lead guitarist and singer. In 2002, he joined forces with legendary folk-rockers Steeleye Span on their UK ‘Reunion Tour’, a collaboration so successful that it continued for a further seven years. Visit his web site.
Scottish-born singer Fiona Ross is flying the flag for the Scots singing tradition in her adopted home in Australia. In this unique concert, Fiona joins forces with guitar maestro Ken Nicol (ex-Steelye Span & Albion Band) to deliver a captivating and dynamic set of traditional Scots songs, including material from the highly acclaimed album Clyde’s Water (recorded with virtuoso Celtic guitarist Tony McManus). An esteemed tradition bearer in her native Scotland, Fiona brings knowledge, passion & commitment to her performance. Her honest, evocative singing style and extensive repertoire showcase the richness, depth and diversity of the Scots song tradition. Visit her web site.
“I first met Ken when we collaborated on an Ashley Hutchings song on his last album. I was amazed at Ken’s beautiful ragtime guitar style. He has such a great way of delivering a story and gently laying down the punch line. Humour, great guitar skill and the right drop of humility, and a passion for right, proper, good music.” - Ralph McTell
“Ken Nicol is a consummate musician. A guitarist of broad scope, a sensitive singer and an intelligent writer of songs with stirring melodies. A musical paragon.” - Maddy Prior
“Formidable and painstakingly acquired skills on both acoustic and electric guitars, a very high class player indeed. Flexible too. He seems comfortable with whatever style is tossed at him.” - Martin Carthy
“It’s difficult for me to imagine a more talented all rounder than Ken; both as singer and guitarist.” - Ashley Hutchings “Prodigiously talented.” - Clive Pownceby (BBC Radio 2)
“Fiona Ross – a very special Scots singer of great cultural importance” - Pete Heywood, The Living Tradition, Scotland
“One of my favourite Scots singers, now very far away but sounding as true and beautiful as she did back in the day in The Oxford Bar” - Karine Polwart, multi-award winning singer & songwriter, Scotland
“Fiona’s fine tuneful voice has a wonderful traditional edge to it and while she can make a song her own she sings with absolute respect for the story, the setting and the people who have handed it down to her. It was a sad day for the Scottish folk scene when Fiona decamped to Australia but, thankfully, exile has done nothing to damage her voice!” - Sheena Wellington, “Scotland’s leading traditional singer”, Scotland