Nathan’s music has taken on a number of different forms over the years… initially performing as a solo artist, before moving on to form the 4-piece band Nayfumble, and later - a duo, The Ballinsky Project, with cellist Adrianne Wininsky. He currently resides in a little cottage in Somerset where he hides himself away writing songs and building beautiful acoustic guitars…
In 2011, Nathan was shortlisted as one of 5 finalists in the MOJO Honours List New Voice competition. Frequently compared to folk legends such as Nick Drake, John Martyn and Cat Stevens, Nathan still manages to create his own unique sound – a blend of poetic lyrics matched with a powerful and distinctive voice and a rare but captivating guitar style.
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Thanks to everyone who came to see me play support for Martha Tilston recently and for those that missed me, I’ll be up North again in a couple of weeks for my first Manchester gig in a long while… So if you’re in the area, come to Mono Bar in Chorlton on Sunday 10th May where I’ll be playing alongside fantastic local band Bells in the Birches (pictured below), fronted by the super talented Helen Riley who used to play viola in my band back in the day. Bells’ special blend of folky, bluesy, americana-style rhythms with a quirky Gordy-inspired twist is toe-tapping and catchy in equal measure. It’s gonna be a fun one - come down if you can!
In other news, as many of you know my album has been in the pipeline for a wee while now and although the studio time is done, there’s still a fair bit to do in terms of production, printing and getting it to your good selves! In the meantime though, thanks to the efforts and ingenuity of folk musician and all round good bloke Mr Jez Hellard, I am pleased to be releasing a live album alongside some of my favourite folkie friends.
‘Live on the Ley’ features 13 beautifully crafted songs performed by Scott Cook (a traveling Canadian troubadour and one of the finest songwriters I’ve ever come acorss), Alistair Caplin (violinist, singer and composer of rare talent), Nye Parsons (the impressively stylish double-bassist who I’ve been lucky enough to share a stage with from time to time), the aforementioned Jez Hellard and myself. Recorded during a live gig at St Dunstan’s House in Glastonbury, the limited edition CD also comes with original artwork and a twenty page lyric book with colour photos and essays from Scott Cook and Jez Hellard. If the sound of that tickles your fancy, you can purchase the album here
Plus, to celebrate the launch of the album, we have lined up two gigs - an intimate 50 ticket gig on London’s Brick Lane on Tuesday 9th June and a bigger show at the Assembly Rooms in Glastonbury on Wednesday 10th June. All the original musicians will be in attendance, and as an added bonus we’ll have enchanting songstress and singer of sublime songs Carrie Tree performing at both gigs. (Carrie was booked to play the original St Dunstan’s House gig but had to cancel at the last minute.) If that weren’t enough of a line up, the Glastonbury show will also feature West Country wanderer Gavin Austin who will no doubt regale us with his keen wit, honey voice and wealth of songs.
So all in all, the Live on the Ley launch gigs look set to be jam-packed with musical talent and some of the most inspiring songwriters I know!
It would be lovely to see some of you in Manchester, London or Glastonbury over the next few weeks so do pop down if you’re free. Full details of all gigs can be found on the gigs page at www.nathanball.com/gigs
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