Simon John Breckenridge Nicol
(born 13 October 1950) is a guitarist, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He was a founder member of British folk rock
, or electric folk
group Fairport Convention
and is the only founding member still in the band. 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. He has received several awards for his work and career.
Born in Muswell Hill
, North London
, Nicol was the son of a GP
, who died in 1964. He began to play guitar at age 11 and left school at 15. In 1966 he was asked to join local band the Electric Shuffle Orchestra by bass guitarist Ashley Hutchings
, and soon left his job at a local cinema to play full time. They rehearsed above his father’s old surgery in Fairport house, which gave its name to the band he and Hutchings formed with Richard Thompson
and Shaun Frater as Fairport Convention in 1967.
Fairport Convention 1967-71
As Thompson emerged as the lead guitarist, Nicol moved towards rhythm duties and occasional backing vocals. After some line-up changes the band enjoyed a degree of commercial success in their early years, with three albums and appearing on Britain’s most popular music programme Top of the Pops
in 1969 with the single "Si Tu Dois Partir
", which reached number 21 in the UK Charts. Nicol contributed his first composition to the... Read More