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Nick Mulvey is an English musician who moved to Havana, Cuba when he was just 19 in order to study music and art. Since then, his life has been filled with lots of personal and professional breakthroughs. He’s been in a band, had two Mercury Prize nominations, had one baby and did a brilliant cover of Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ in the BBC Live Lounge. Growing up in Cambridge as the son of a biologist/singer he was constantly reminded of the value of mindfulness. It now plays a huge role in his music, infusing its every element as he questions and creates. He’s even claimed to have had songs revealed to him in dreams by David Bowie!
His music career really began when he spotted a hang at Womad Festival. This lead to him playing the hang as a member of 2008 Mercury Prize nominated band, Portico Quartet. He remained in the band until 2011 when he left to pursue his solo career. His departure from the band saw his style change quite drastically, going from electronic jazz sounds to folky world-music and swapping the steel-pan for acoustic guitar and deep lyrics. With ambient sounds rooted in Eastern influences, his break from the Western music canon in Cuba evidently provided him with a unique folk sound that is incomparable with the folk artists around at the moment. He would definitely appeal to fans of the vibrant world-music style of Paul Simon’s Graceland and perhaps fans of the more soothing folk of Damien Rice and Ben Howard.
Mulvey has released numerous EP’s as a solo artist which lead up to the release of his first studio album, First Mind, in 2014 which also received a Mercury Music Prize nomination. He is now touring with his second album, Wake Up Now, which came out last year. It was written during his wife’s pregnancy with their son and he recorded it just six weeks after the birth.
His performance at Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion on the 20th of May promises to be intriguing, engaging and diverse. He last played the Princess Pavilion back in October 2014 and the intimate outdoor vibe is the perfect setting for his hypnotic rhythms and harmonies on a (hopefully) warm spring evening. It’s going to be an incredible one that’s not to be missed!