He also took over some of the production duties on Babbacombe Lee, but his efforts were not well received by the band and this, together with unhappiness with having to fill Thompson's shoes, led him to decide to move on and in 1971 he left the band, the last of the original members to do so. Their album, “Between a Breath and a Breath,” is due for release in September under the name Dyble Longdon. Nicol described his technique as 'percussive'. In her first group, Judy and the Folkmen, she played autoharp, holding it vertically and picking it like a banjo. [8] While Swarbrick, with his knowledge of traditional music, emerged as the leading figure in the band, Nicol had to shoulder a larger share of the vocal duties on the next album Full House (1970). He has also been involved with the Albion Band and a wide range of musical projects, both as a collaborator, producer and as a solo artist. The 69-year-old has been left with a degree of paralysis on his right-side and is unable to talk properly due to aphasia brought on by the stroke. The “Fairport Convention” album included songs from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan alongside Fairport’s own, and it presented the band as England’s answer to Jefferson Airplane. The album was well received and led to the reformation of the band a year later. Simon John Breckenridge Nicol (born 13 October 1950) is an English guitarist, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. [13] In 1972 Simon Nicol was part of the by now reduced six-piece-line up of the Albion Country Band featuring vocalists Royston Wood and Steve Ashley, Sue Draheim on fiddle, Ashley Hutchings on bass guitar and Dave Mattacks on drums. 'Interview with Simon Nicol and Dave Pegg', "Fairport Convention discussion pages", "The Lady Is a Tramp [Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers]", "She Moves Through the Fair / Our Wedding Day (Roud 861; Henry H141)", "Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 19/06/1972 Albion Country Band", "Young Beichan / Lord Bateman (Roud 40; Child 53L; G/D 5:1023; Henry H470)", "Music - Review of John Martyn - Solid Air", "John Kirkpatrick & Ashley Hutchings: The Compleat Dancing Master", "Acoustic Magazine - The UK's only Magazine Dedicated to the Acoustic World - Simon Nicol - Oxfordshire English", "JULIE COVINGTON | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company", "The Albion Christmas Band Santa's Grotto", "Radio 2 - Folk and Acoustic - Folk Awards", Moat on the Ledge - Live at Broughton Castle, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Simon_Nicol&oldid=987864497, People educated at Friern Barnet Grammar School, Articles with dead external links from May 2020, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 November 2020, at 18:17. In 2015, she reunited with Jerry McAuley of Trader Horne for a 45th-anniversary performance of their album. [5][6] In 1966 he was asked to join local band the Ethnic Shuffle Orchestra by bass guitarist Ashley Hutchings, and soon left his job at a local cinema to play full-time. The band spawned a durable British genre: trad-rock. He was a founding member of British folk rock group Fairport Convention and is the only founding member still in the band. [26], As the members of the group went their separate ways, Nicol returned to the Albion Band to record two albums in 1983. Cropredy 2020 Line-Up Announced and Tickets ON SALE now! She worked as a librarian, started a cassette-tape duplication company with her husband and raised their two children, Stephanie Hellsten and Dan de la Bedoyere, who survive her along with two grandchildren. [35], For Fairport Convention see Fairport Convention discography [18] Nicol took part in some of sessions for Hutchings' next project the Etchingham Steam Band, but never formally joined the group. She went on to work within and beyond folky contexts, dipping into progressive rock and electronic music, while joining anniversary reunions of Fairport Convention and its many ex-members through the decades. Most commentators have tended to feel that his developing baritone voice was more than adequate for the task and his vocals on songs like 'The Hiring Fair' have been particularly praised. [28] In 1985 he joined in the recording of the Fairport album Gladys' Leap, on which, as well as playing guitar, Nicol shared production credits, contributed the song 'Wat Tyler', arranged traditional tunes and acted as lead singer for the first time.