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Biography

Nigel Stonier is a British rock, roots and pop producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has, for more than two decades, enjoyed serious recognition as a record producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and live performer. In the mid-nineties Stonier met, and began working with Oxfordshire born singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore. He has since become her producer of choice and ongoing musical partner.

Stonier's varied career began in the late 1970s when, at the age of 17, he was invited into a recording studio with the Strawbs and simultaneously signed a deal with their publishing company. Since then he has never looked back, building an impressive portfolio of groundbreaking albums with many leading artists of the UK roots/rock scene including Fairport Convention, Lindisfarne, Rod Clements and Chris While.

During the 1980's he enjoyed success with the band Northern Sky, but it was in the early 1990's that Nigel's star began to rise significantly and his profile became firmly established.

Nigel played a significant part in the rise of one of the UK's most acclaimed younger singer/songwriters, Thea Gilmore, having produced all six of her albums and co-written her 2004 hit single 'Mainstream'. For the last five years Nigel has regularly performed live with Thea around the world as both her musical director and guitarist. During five US and Canada tours and countless European gigs, they have shared stages with a huge range of artists including Joan Baez, John Prine, Steve Earle, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, the Waterboys Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Eliza Carthy, Kathryn Williams and Martha Wainwright.

Nigel's co-writing partnership with Lindisfarne co-founder Rod Clements yielded two albums of outstanding new material for the band, including 'Can't Do Right For Doing Wrong' which was a Top 40 hit single when covered by Erin Rocha in 2004. Nigel has also produced two solo albums for Rod, including the latest album 'Odd Man Out' which was released in 2006.

Nigel Stonier is a live performer of great energy and wit. He is also a brilliant guitarist, a fine singer, an effortlessly witty showman and an outstanding songwriter with "an endless store of memorable hooks and melodies to die for" (Traditional Music Maker).

Nigel Stonier & Thea Gilmore were married in October 2005

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