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Nigel Of Bermondsey
I have been a professional musician since the late 1990s when I was bass guitarist in a band called Gay Dad. We were signed to London Records and released an album called Leisurenoise in 1999. We toured extensively nationally and internationally.We released an album called Transmission on B*Unique Records in 2001.We split in 2001 when our appetite to work together ran out.
After Gay Dad split in 2001 I became a songwriter and session musician, playing and writing with Freeform 5 and the Freelance Hellraiser. At this time I also briefly played bass guitar in Circulus. I formed a band with Crispin Hunt from the Longpigs and Dylan Rippon called Gramercy. Gramercy was almost an excellent band but we split due to colossal misunderstandings.
In 2004 I wrote a pop song called Army Of Lovers which was covered by a singer called Lee Ryan in 2005. This song reached No.3 in the U.K. chart and No.1 in the Italian chart. The Wikipedia entry for this song says “Although his highest selling single to date, it is his least critically acclaimed”.
Around about this time I tired of the conventional music industry and started to pursue a more individual artistic course and Nigel Of Bermondsey came into being. Nigel Of Bermondsey is a product of my experience living in South East London. I found a rich seam of inspiration in the locality and the people. This gave me the impetus to release my first album, Nigel Of Bermondsey, on Pure Mint Records in 2008. This record received a 4* review in The Independent. My second album, London Dreamtime, was released on Pure Mint Records in 2010 and was, once again, reviewed well with a 4* review in the Sunday Times Culture. My new album, Bermondsey Folk, is available on Bandcamp and will be promoted in 2013.
Over the last few years I have received commissions from museums, businesses, shopping centres, residential moorings, parks, farms and cemeteries to write site specific works. Many of these commissions appear on this site. I lead occasional “Song Walks”; guided walks of areas of London with songs sung at the locations that inspired them. I participate in London Dreamtime site specific story and song events with Vanessa Woolf-Hoyle.
I am currently working on a site specific work about Ghosts Of London, and also works based on the English folk pantheon.
My production skills have been called upon by John Crow, Bromide, Jont and, most recently, Katy Carr. I produced Katy’s most recent record, Paszport, which is currently receiving rave reviews in the nationals and the music magazines.
I am involved in a number of other projects:
Cage & Aviary, an electronic partnership with Jamie Paton. We have had releases on D.F.A. and Intenasjonal, on TWHE and Tiny Sticks. Karla, an electronic and artistic partnership with Tamara Barnett-Herrin. We have released an album, Karlation, on Villa Magica Records. Maurice & Charles, a troggotronic partnership with The Freelance Hellraiser. We have released Moroder In Milan on Kinfolk Records.
I also run the South East London Folklore Society, a group dedicated to London folklore and the arcane and esoteric side of British culture and history. I organize monthly talks with guest speakers on the second Tuesday of each month at The Old King’s Head off Borough High Street.