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Biography

Nick Jonah Davis is a solo instrumental guitarist based in rural Derbyshire.  He has released four albums – Split Electric with C Joynes on Thread Recordings (2016), House of Dragons on Lancashire and Somerset (2015), Of Time and Tides on the seminal American label Tompkins Square (2011) and Guitar Recordings Vol. 1. He was also featured on the fourth volume of the Tompkins Square ongoing guitar compilation, Imaginational Anthem, and their tribute album to Michael Chapman, Oh Michael, Look What You've Done.

Wire magazine have described his music as 'visionary stuff', while Dusted note that '...he invites the listener into a world bounded by the resonance of his tunings and the vividness of his evolving melodies'. Live, Nick has shared bills with performers including James Blackshaw, Michael Chapman, Cath and Phil Tyler. Richard Dawson and Alasdair Roberts. He also performed a concert at the 10th Annual New York Guitar Festival alongside legendary folklorist Max Ochs. Nick's music has been played by BBC DJs including Stewart Maconie, Mark Radcliffe, Tom Robinson and Nick Luscombe. Nick continues to write and record new music, both as a solo artist and in the duo Fains, who opened the 2015 Supersonic festival. 

Press

'Visionary stuff...' WIRE magazine

"Nick Jonah Davis is one of the select band of living solo acoustic guitar players whose music is not only virtuosic, but genuinely exciting" - fRoots Magazine

'Nottingham-based Nick Jonah Davis is a formidable guitarist in the tradition of Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, etc. Though there’s a clear comparison to be made with the monolithic John Fahey, perhaps there’s a more British sensibility to his playing. Making use of modal tunings to create a resonating whole, Davis’s spindly melodies sometimes hither and thither on top, whilst at other times forthright lines are prominent.The effect is always a thoroughly rich and nourishing, highly spirited series of wordless tales.' - Crushing Death and Grief

'Probably the finest solo guitar player in the land' - Damn You! Gigs

'Beautiful, sensitive, and nuanced solo guitar from the UK. Great composition and originality intertwined with traditional English and American Primitive guitar stylings.' - Grasstops Recordings

'It's a high-wire act that very few guitarists could pull off.' - Tompkins Square label boss Josh Rosenthal

'....finger-picking skills us mere mortals can only dream of ... Bloody beautiful.' - Left Lion

‘He adopts a glorious, deeply resonant sound, and spins out his finger-picked melodies into what become beautiful filigreed narrative pieces.’ - The Liminal

 

 

 

 
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Incoming shows...

July 21st - 23rd Fanø Free Folk Festival, Denmark 

August 4th - 11th Sidmouth Folk Week, UK

August 12th Atlow Village Hall with Dead Rat Orchestra

 

 
 
 
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