Bandstand: Sunday 30 July
Kenneth J Nash has never done things the easy way, but his courage to confront the darker moments of his past has led him to spending his years on the music scene carving out a thriving repertoire of haunting music that stirs the heart and spears the soul.
With a knack for blending his smooth, emotive voice with a lyrical prowess heavily influenced by his time spent on the road as a musician and DJ that threw his personal life into turmoil, his music resonates as a poignant story of a man who’s been to hell and back more times than he can remember, but has come out the other side stronger.
Drawing on his influences (Cohen, Waits, Cash, Reed & Cave), his deftly dramatic songs of love, loss, regret and renewal – not to mention addiction – bring this artist’s dark journey vividly to life. His passion for instrumentation is behind his absorbing production; guitar, mandolin, Irish whistle, cello and double bass combine to give his output a delightful folksy sound.
He has written and released five LPs under his own name (In The Company Of Ghosts, Under A Gypsy Moon, We All Belong, The Brewer & The Dealer and The Fall of Eden) several live EPs, and makes regular appearances at festivals, folk clubs and acoustic showcases throughout the UK.
Recent highlight live shows of his career include playing the Hard Rock Cafe stage at the 2015 Isle of Wight Festival and being selected to appear at Seth Lakeman’s alternative Hootenanny at The Convent. He has provided support for artists such as Eliza Carthy, The Wonderstuff, Mark Geary, Suzanne Vega and Seth Lakeman.
His songs have received radio play, been featured in the press and released on popular podcasts worldwide, while Independent Music News twice picked him as one of their ‘artists to watch’ and Folk Radio UK nominated him artist of the month and his LP album of the month in January 2015.
The LP The Fall Of Eden was nominated as ‘Best LP from a male folk artist’ by Folkwords and he continues to receive accolades for both his live and recorded works.
With his intuitive gift for self-reflection and humble view of the world woven into a stream of beautiful melodies, the music of Kenneth J Nash is a warm, sophisticated pleasure.
“What a haunting voice, fabulous songs.” BBC Radio
“Lyrical marvels are everywhere, I’m sure I saw Gram Parsons and Nick Drake make way on my cd shelf.” Suffolk Punch
“For anyone who has turned to music to comfort themselves, silence a fear, escape from the pain or just to feed their soul, Kenneth J. Nash delivers the best medicine.” Music Junkie Press