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Roll Right

by Nicolas and the Iceni

Cross Atlantic Folk Music inspired by the second Folk Music revival of the 1960's
Genre: Folk: British Folk
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1. Roll Right
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2. Caroline's Song
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3. Paper Moon
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4. Days of Asha
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5. Lucy, She Rises
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6. Goin' Back
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7. Ceder Girl
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8. From the Ground
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9. Cuckoo
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Album Notes
“This album was four years in the making,” says Nic Chapman, the singer/songwriter of Nicolas & the Iceni. “What began as a modest musical project involving a handful of local musicians in a small market town, grew to include renowned and award winning musicians from around the world. We’ve had guest players from Nashville, Music City (Branson, Missouri) Manchester, Liverpool, Geneva and Tel Aviv. Our aim was to bring together all these passionate Folk, Country and Roots musicians to create a timeless cross Atlantic Folk, County and Roots album.
In the beginning we had a few false starts recording wise but once I knew which direction to take with regard to the writing in terms of how to fuse all these different styles into a seamless cross Atlantic sound, things began to fall into place. Once they did I wanted to go at a steady pace in order to create a solid and varied album".

With his desire to work at a steady pace, the resulting record, Roll Right, is the band’s most “varied, melodic and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally.” Since his first recordings twenty years ago in his early teens, Nic has always been known to write songs with emotional depth that evoke a definite mood. In the new album he wanted to also focus on strong melodic content which would help carry the songs and give them deeper import. “I’ve worked really hard on melody this time out, sometimes taking months to hone a song’s melody”.

Nicolas and the Iceni are Nic Chapman (vocals, guitar) Steve Smith (Double Bass, Keys, Guitar) Lynne El Younsi (vocals) Iain Taylor (Percussion) Victoria Martin (Flute) and Nige Barrow (Cello). Their forthcoming album also features international guest musicians from Nashville to Tel Aviv. “I wanted to expand on the pastoral instrumentation on the first album and go for a more cross Atlantic folk sound this time . With this in mind I found some of the best session musicians out there: Ori Shlezinger (Piano) Lance Allen (Mandolin) Caleb Allen (Harmonica) and Patrick Marmorat (Banjo).

“Typically I would write the song and lyrics over a month period and record vocals and guitar in a couple of sessions. Steve would write his parts (usually bass and drums) and we would work out what further instrumentation and direction the song required. Once we had a idea we would bring in musicians we thought would best suit the song in terms of instrumentation and feel. Most of the songs were recorded that way and we are very proud of the international collaborations we had over the two year recording period”. Without a deadline they were able to explore every song to completion. Sometimes that meant taking instrumentation back off and stripping it right back again after they had explored other possible realisations of the song.“In every case it was always only about the song. Nothing was rushed”.

Gradually, over the course of a year and a half, the album came into focus. As the sessions continued, other elements of the writing and the sound surfaced - especially when Nic himself was influenced by the musicianship of the session musicians he and Steve were working with. “I really enjoyed working with the musicians we had collaborated with from afar as it began to shape a definite idea of the soundscape in which I felt the songs should exist”. This new way of working led to a renewed excitement about the next chapter for Nicolas & the Iceni. “Though it feels sightly strange to hear one song I had written over a year ago sit next to a completely new one when listening to the album songs back to back. I feel that this is our best work and that there is a consistency, certainly quality wise, that was lacking in previous, sometimes aborted, efforts.” And this is what makes the forthcoming Nicolas and the Iceni album so special. So long a labour of love, each song has been nurtured and worked on tirelessly to create an album to which is already being described as “a classic in the making”.



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