Delighted to announce that I will be supporting Gary Barlow on his upcoming UK tour next month. – Nell x
I’m sorry I haven’t written for awhile! I’ve been very busy with the album release of “Shake The Tree.” July has been a month of exciting developments. I played my first ever show with a full 56-piece orchestra backing me for the BBC “Friday Night Is Music Night” hosted by Ken Bruce, which went out live on Radio 2. I also went back to Ireland (after too much time away), and performed on Ian Dempsey’s Breakfast show on Today FM and Pat Kenny’s show on RTE1. Last weekend I went to Liverpool to play in front of 20,000 Smooth Radio fans, with the sun shining and a gorgeous view onstage of the docks. This coming weekend I will be performing in Hyde Park for the BT London Live events surrounding the Olympics. As many as 50,000 are expected to attend.
But what I really wanted to tell you (so you’d be the first to know)
Shot a music video for the first single from the new record, “Buildings and Treetops“, with the brilliant Sam Atkinson and Dominic Storer at the helm this weekend. We were in a gorgeous London townhouse with a great team of people around me, most of them having met at Rankin’s studio. Had a great time being primped and preened by the best of the best.
Chris Rea’s fans are possibly the most respectful and listening crowd I’ve ever been in front of. Every night has been a full, crowded house in 2000-3000 capacity halls. I’m out on that stage all by lonesome with nothing but my old faithful guitar, and yet you can hear a pin drop. When people are seated and listening this intently, it means I can focus on the lyrics and dynamics of a song in a way that is inspiring for me.
The world exclusive radio play of “Buildings and Treetops”, the first single from my new album will be broadcast on Chris Evans’ breakfast show (BBC Radio 2) Tuesday March 20 at 7:30… Chris Evans is still playing “What Does It Take” regularly so I’m delighted his producers have gotten behind the new material now too. If you’re in the UK tune in at 7:30 March 20, or you can listen to the show online here!
Fresh from a lovely beach vacation in Panama, I’m all tanned, rested and ready to rock. Next week I start a three week tour through the UK supporting Chris Rea. Tickets just went on sale for my headline show at the Borderline in London, June 12. I’ll be at Rockwood Music Hall in New York on Friday April 13th. What else? Oh yeah, Warner Music/ADA is putting out my new album! More on that next week. Onward and upward, folks. I’m excited.
More info on my upcoming shows can be found here.
In support of my new album which will be released in June of this year, I’ll be going out on the road this spring with Rock n Roll Hall-of-Famer Duane Eddy around the UK. For 13 dates in May, I’ll be joining this guitar picking legend as he crisscrosses the British Isles to support his new album “Road Trip,” produced by Richard Hawley (Pulp, Longpigs). Richard Hawley’s band will be backing Duane up on the tour as well. Tickets and info on my show page. Come out and see us!
To give you a preview of one of my new songs, I recorded a live acoustic version of “Downtown Lullaby” in my apartment in Greenwich Village, NYC. There’s also a quick interview where I talk about how the song got recorded for the album (though this is a live version, not the official recorded version).