N I C K P Y N N
N I C K P Y N
“The octopus of sound”
“…one of England’s best instrumentalists and composers.”
“...music of immense imagination and skill”
“A magical find in the night”
Photo: Lieve Boussauw at Spike Sligo Festival
I'm playing fiddle on Billy Bragg's new album
'The Million Things that Never Happened' released at the end of last year.
From the Lockdown
A Fiddle Album
On this release Nick plays a collection of fiddle tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, North America, France, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Bulgaria.
It is available from all online stores as a download.
A limited edition CD is available from the Online Store on this website.
“Less experimental than much of his solo work, Nick sets aside the avant folk for an entirely more traditional sound. Taking in fiddle tunes from much of Europe, Turkey and North America this is a versatile selection of the finest folk sounds”
The Musician Autumn 2020
"I must declare an interest in Nick Pynn, who played violin on my 2009 stand-up tour, after I had delighted in years of his solo Edinburgh Fringe shows, Pynn as a steampunk luthier looping home-made acoustic instruments in a candle-lit attic above a language school.
A Fiddle Album finds Pynn playing it straight, on 13 traditional tunes, with an impossible purity of tone to rival the Irish grand master Martin Hayes, Pynn backing himself on a dozen other instruments.
“Abbots Bromley Horn Dance Tune” is starkly and sharply defined, antlers silhouetted against the sky; the French “Bransle de Bourgogne” whirled me away from lockdown London, and Brexit Britain, for all too brief a moment."
Stewart Lee The Idler
"This was originally going to be the flip side of the ‘Buffalo Orbison’ album. I’d just written ‘In Adelaide’ when on the flip side of the world and had a flash of the concept of pairing up two albums as a complementary package. I later decided I’d wait for this to be a finished full length album, without the self imposed pressure of including tracks I would normally let go for ‘library’ use, so as to maintain its vision. I’ve finally decided to release it as a mini-album"
Nick plays on Paul Pilot's score for 'Laurel Canyon', a 2 part documentary about the music and the artists who created so many classic songs. Premiering on Sky Arts earlier this year, it is available to buy from here
'Troop Zero' is also out on Amazon Prime. It features a soundtrack by Rob Lord with Nick playing many of the instrumental parts.