Nicola is 'Made Up' about her latest album release!
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"Ms Farnon is everything a performer should be; accomplished, communicative and effervescent, her expressive voice a delight. [She] writes her own material and gives it 100%, winning new fans wherever she goes." Durham Jazz
"We were like putty in her hands. She has the unique talent to make it appear that each song that she sings is just for you, and that it is the very first time that she has ever sung it. She is the ultimate professional, with a charismatic personality that is rare in all but the top artists." Big Band Buddies Magazine
Widely recognised as one of the classiest Jazz and Swing musicians in the UK, Wiltshire born and now Sheffield resident, Nicola has a remarkable musical pedigree, both parents being professional classical musicians and her great uncle no less than the late RobertFarnon. After an early start on piano and cello (grade 8 in both by the age of eleven), she followed her dad's love of the 'standards' into jazz via the double bass and an enchanting voice which was developed during her Performing Arts studies at Middlesex University. Her sparkling trio and quartet appears regularly on the jazz circuit and the band's arrangements are all done by her - with some melodic and extremely catchy originals thrown in for good measure! She has played with such Jazz luminaries as Dave Newton, Digby Fairweather, Jim Mullen, Bruce Adams, Roy Williams and Alan Barnes and alongside class jazz acts as diverse as Eliane Elias, Courtney Pine, Georgie Fame,Tony Kofi, Michael Garrick Jazz Britannia Orchestra, Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton and Acker Bilke.
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If you're looking for songwriting, singing, musicianship and an amazingly diverse mash up of funk, soul, country, pop and rock - look no further than Nicola Farnon's latest release - 'Made Up'.
Out in October 2018, singer/song writer, multi-instrumentalist and acclaimed jazz singer/double bassist - Nicola Farnon brings a different twist to her latest album 'Made Up'. This, her ninth of her illustrious musical career to date, is a far cry from her usual jazz repertoire. With 'Made Up' Nicola seeks to cover the genres that have shaped her musical trajectory from early teens onward....quite a lot of stuff then!
You can hear her love of Steve Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Carole King, Dolly Parton... in her gospel-like chorus in The Right Question; the country styles of Time To Blow The Whistle On Me and I Woke Up This Morning In Love With You; her funk and acid jazz floor kickers Loving You in Vain and Tell Me; the heart wrenching ballads My New Crush and My Sister; her ballsy rock anthem Slip From My Mind - through to her political pop song How Fair is Fair. Whether stripped back or drenched with lush strings and rich vocal harmonies (all of which played or sung by Nicola herself) every song is a stand out track - and have I mentioned the ridiculously talented line up of musicians she's assembled to accompany her on her musical trip? Nineteen and counting - her talented musical cast includes Steve Beighton (saxophones and flute - Paul Carrack/Lulu/Will Young), Christian Madden (organ - Liam Gallagher/King Crimson), Bryan Day (guitar - Tanita Tikaram/Richard Hawley), Rachael Gladwin (harp - Corinne Bailey Rae/Paul McCartney), Ali Mac (drums and percussion - Omah Puente/Idris Elba) ...and the list goes on.
If harping back to the glory days of seventies songwriting, with a modern twist, is your bag - then this is the album for you!
https://youtu.be/s0JedTgQztg (title track)
"It's Fabulous Nic! It's so wonderfully diverse. Your have mad skills mate!! "
"Bought it, listened to it, loved it!! You are amazing Nicola. Well done to you and the team"
"Just had a really good listen to your album ... I love it!! Great songs and a beautiful mix of styles! Amazing work!"
"I'd almost forgotten how great a Bass player you are, because of the incredible voice!"