Nic Norton and Alice Morell
13:45-14:30 Gardens Stage
Saturday 18 June
Described by folk magazine Fatea as “independent music at its best”, Nic Norton and Alice Morell provide an eclectic mix of songs and styles.
Nic Norton is a writer who provides a rich selection of story songs and ballads, which wonderful singer Alice Morell brings to life with support from the superb violinist Mollie Narayn-Barrow.
The band is inspired by such great songwriters such as Jacques Brel, Elvis Costello and Suzanne Vega, and took songwriting courses with Chris Difford (Squeeze), Kathryn Williams and Sam Parton, of the Be Good Tanyas.
Their first albums “Last Orders” and “Smoke and Mirrors” included songs about a fake medium, an office ghost, a bullied boy who become a famous tomato grower, a US mortuary, an encounter with a Hell’s Angel and the devil, and a music hall artiste famed for his farts.
Their new album Killing Time, written during the lockdown, includes the sad story of Lucia – the daughter of James Joyce, obsessive love featuring actors in the Wizard of Oz, a plastic frog and a dark tale church bells.
The band works with producer Paul Keeler and has brought together a fantastic assembly of musicians including pianist Jen Austen, from the Orkneys, who was a member of BBC Folk Award’s nominee Fara and Blues banjo player Robin Evans.
Access and What to Expect
The Garden Stage can be enjoyed from the Boating Lake area of Kensington Gardens, and seating is available.
The Boating Lake has level tarmacked pathways with grassed areas.