Nick Hart Set To Release “Nick Hart Sings Ten English Folk Songs” In April
Award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Hart will release his new album “Nick Hart Sings Ten English Folk Songs” on April 29, 2022 via Roebuck Records via Proper Music Distribution.
Recorded during the first lockdown of 2020, “Nick Hart Sings Ten English Folk Songs” deviates in many ways from the stripped-down, live-action approach of Hart’s first two albums. Deprived of a sound engineer and locked in a house filled with strange instruments, he had the time and the space to explore different approaches to the accompaniment of traditional song.
Hart’s distinctive guitar playing is complemented here by harmonium, lyre, viols and a host of percussion and woodwinds, and while some tracks were recorded entirely live, others such as “May Song” and “Dives and Lazarus” received a more multi-processed layered sound. At the heart of it though, Hart has approached the songs on this album with the care and sensitivity for which he has become known, giving them the space they need, while emphasizing the nuances of fashion and extent that make these songs so special.
The artist’s work with English folk song quickly earned him a reputation as one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation. His thoughtful approach to accompaniment is informed by a deep respect for the nuances of traditional song and his captivating live performances speak to the importance he places on storytelling.
In 2021 Hart won the Christian Raphael Prize, awarded in association with the Cambridge Folk Festival, to foster the development of artists. As part of the award, he will perform at the festival this year, along with an impressive string of shows across the UK.
Hart has released two solo albums, “Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs” (2017) and “Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs” (2019), both to critical acclaim.