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On October 5th singer/songwriter Nic Dawson Kelly is released his debut album on new label Runners Club Records. Called ‘Old Valentine’, the album showcases a classic, almost beat-like songwriting style of an emerging talent, and features a host of guest musicians such as Jim Barr (Portishead), Mick Talbot (Style Council, Dexy’s), Tom Mansi (Donovan) and Marco Nelson (Primal Scream, Young Disciples) who lend a country/rock/soul sound to the album. “We’d have these people coming and going, improvising a part on an old eight track then heading off” says Nic of these guests.

Born up north in Sheffield, and now residing in the south where he switches his time between Brighton and Reading, Nic has lived all over, travelling from place to place and taking in Derby, Leeds, Reading, Brighton, Galway, London, Argentina and France along the way.

“Due to all the moving about I didn’t get too much of a solid education, what I did learn was from my father’s bookshelf and the records that I’d hear from the back of the car. My first tapes were Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and Dylans “Street Legal” but I suppose influences would run through a wide range of people. Dylan and Waits the obvious. But others, country bluesman, like Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son House and Blind Willie Mctell. And showmen like Little Richard and Dr John.”

Describing himself as “a polite tear-away in youth who saw enough courtrooms to thankfully grow out of it!” Nic has worked more crap jobs than he cares to remember, “just to keep myself afloat and carry on doing what I loved doing…writing.”


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  • badoom_bum

    come on, why so silent in here? Nic, you really need some publicity. Not that I'd like the job. Just sayin'.

    7 Jun 2011 Reply

    So cool country dude!

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • aprilmayparker

    beautiful, raw, tantalizing voice. i hope more people see and hear how talented nic is.

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • WoW73

    just saw him support Laura Marling - awful voice!!

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • zeabea

    really great music, hope to see you live in germany one day

    26 Oct 2009 Reply
  • badoom_bum

    so the album, finally... excellent, though I am curious why 'Under Her Matress' sounds completely different from the demo... and why no Mister Ignorance and The Buffontaine?! I also miss Hacksaw Betty... and I wish I came back to London to see him live again...

    9 Oct 2009 Reply
  • marshmellow_man

    first heard him on the black cab sessions... odd, but unique and clearly very talented.

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • morgandot

    making a new album i hope, mr. dawson kelly.

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • badoom_bum

    why so little people listen to him is beyond me o___O

    13 Jan 2009 Reply
  • petrichorlady

    i heard the musician and had to see if the rest of his music was just as achingly beautiful. i got my answer.

    23 Nov 2008 Reply
  • jamjarring

    I'm so annoyed I didn't find out about the October 1st show until too late. I saw him opening for Johnny Flynn and (after having to scramble to find out who he was-- he wasn't listed for the show) have been trying to catch him again since.

    6 Oct 2008 Reply
  • badoom_bum

    *ear, not eye ;)

    6 Jun 2008 Reply
  • badoom_bum

    I've just seen him yesterday before Get Well Soon played - he's AMAZING! London's Burning Down especially caught my eye. He sounds like a mixture of Anthony (& The Johnsons) and Bjorn Dixgard. And a little like Devendra, too.

    6 Jun 2008 Reply

    Musician-Excellent track, bumped into it on the BESTIVAL site - many thanks.

    27 Aug 2007 Reply

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