Nina Harries; double bass-wielding folk-punk mastress
“A clear winner for us – her inventive use of the double-bass and the distinctive clarity of her vocals coupled with the song’s slick production values mark her out as an impressive soloist” Crack Magazine
Barely at the beginning of her solo career, Nina Harries has been making waves with her genre-breaking show, incorporating original songs with experimental improvisation, all focussing around her life experience as a musician and the sometimes-fraught relationship she has with her beloved double bass, Nancy. Her extensive knowledge of classical harmony and instrumentation fuels her work, creating sound worlds rarely used in modern song-writing as she brings a century-long neglected instrument into the forefront of performance.
Despite a busy calendar as a highly sought-after ensemble musician, and an instrument that usually resigns its player to the back of the stage, Nina was born to be a soloist. She has been performing her own material live for three years around the UK and Europe, earning admiration from audiences, showcases at Cambridge Folk Festival and English Folk Expo, and support slots with Martha Tilston, Jon Gomm and John Smith along the way.
Her first ever video, recorded live at The Preservation Room, went viral on Facebook, attracting over 70k views and more than 1K shares in a week. She was recently been awarded PRS Women Make Music, and will be recording her debut album in Autumn 2017.
Raised in Northampton in a family of musicians, music was the language of preference at home and instruments filled every room of the house like furniture. Having watched her bassist father Tim Harries (Steeleye Span, Brian Eno, Katie Melua) play all over the world, there was always a special place in her heart for the double bass and in spite of qualms about her size, build and the intrinsic physical difficulties of the instrument itself, she knew from an early age that it was the only one for her. She studied classical double bass at the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2016, and is already in demand as an ensemble musician.
Nina also collaborates as a bassist and singer on many diverse projects (The Burning Glass, workshOpera, Barbarella’s Bang Bang, John Fairhurst Trio, London Electronic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta).