At the end of the last century after spending a few years traveling to India, Nepal, Thailand and living in Australia, I was living in London composing and performing my own songs whilst holding down a full time job and bringing up my daughter on my own. Initially playing solo, moving to a trio with friends “Drunk on Logic” and then to the funky nine piece “People”. All the time playing songs that just came out of my head, no particular plan, no discernible genre a mixture of styles depending on where the songs took us.
Move to this century, move to Hampshire, get married, daughter (Izzy) goes to college then university (B.I.M.M. In Brighton) I quit my job and focus full time on music. New songs, old songs, become a regular on the Southampton and Hampshire music scene. Record fan funded CD “3AM”. Perform all over the south west at venues and festivals. Start a two year bass player role with Celtic Rock band “Coast” and tour in Scotland, Denmark, Germany and Norway. Continue writing and performing my own songs solo all over the U.K. Meet French double bass ace Bastien Terraz and form the “Nick Tann Trio” begin performing at intimate coffee shop type gigs, London shows and bigger festivals, record second fan funded CD “Authentic” in my home studio, get more radio play including BBC Radios Solent, Sussex, London and a regular on Tom Robinson’s BBC6 Music Saturday night show.
Add Liverpool’s finest percussionist Guy Siviour to the mix, ironically dropping “Trio” from the name, instead using Nick Tann & Band as I continue to perform solo.
I can’t face playing any of my own music, it’s like trying to wade through treacle. I think this might be some kind of depression. It’s not deep but deep enough for me to lose the passion for making music. Come the beginning of May 2021 and things are improving and I’m starting to put things together. Baz has moved on for the time being, Guy is still up for it and I’ve started jamming with Jez Austin on keyboards. We are forming a tight little outfit with an exciting funky sound and we’re loving it!
First solo gig booked is this Friday at The Westgate Hotel in Winchester closely followed by 2 nights at the Ventnor Arts Club as part of the The Ventnor Fringe Festival.
Here we go again……