Nick Tann has worn many musical hats, and occasionally actual hats as well. He has wielded all manner of instruments, but is best recognised in the guise of solo, acoustic guitar slinging, jazz tinged, folk-pop performer. And it is that more familiar sound which forms the basis of The Nick Tann Trio.
The Trio is a numerically fluid affair but is normally a triptych of Nick Tann on guitars and vocals, Bastien Terraz on double bass and Guy Siviour on congas and percussion. However some shows may contain fewer players or perhaps expand to include occasional itinerant musicians collected along the way. Life may indeed be like a box of chocolates.
The calling card for this new format is their recent release Authentic, an album with takes Nick’s impressive song crafting and explores the space around it through deft and dexterous additional musical textures and hues.
At the heart of the sound is the familiar balladry, emotionally driven personal narratives and rich vocal tones from solo days but now there is some wonderful musical augmentation. A chilled yet structurally robust British folk take on Americana heartland traditions and whilst the familiar building blocks of Jazz, blues and country all play their part it is a wholly new sonic architecture that is the end result.
The festival season looms and already the Trio are looking to become a familiar face across the landscape this summer, but like any hard working band you will also find them bringing their wonderful creations to the usual circuit of pub back rooms, live sessions, podcasts and house shows. Three is indeed a magic number.
Nick Tann Trio