Nov 11 2013

Nina Ferro’s Into The Light now officially launched

Good afternoon folks,

This blog entry is a little late in the day to be honest as these shows were a couple of weeks ago now, but I thought it was about time I dropped a little post about Nina Ferro’s new record Into The Light. And I’ve just been sent the first video from the show to share with you. Perfect timing!

Nina Ferro, Into The Light

Earlier this year, Nina flew out to Nashville for a month to work on a new record totally from scratch. She met up with fellow Aussie and Nashville resident Sam Hawksley and in the space of one month manages to write and record an entire album’s worth of material.

We were all very excited to hear the new record and the minute I got my copy I knew this was going to be right up my street. We played a show at the 606 not long after Nina’s return and previewed just a few of the new tracks but the official album launch took place at St. James Theatre at the beginning of this month. We had a great lineup including Sam Hawksley (who flew over for the launch), Tim Weller, Grant Windsor and Niamh Mcnally on backing vocals. Over two nights we presented the album in it’s entirety alongside some other original tunes from some of Nina’s back catalogue. The shows went down a storm. Here’s a link to Sebastian Scotney’s review of the first night’s show from the London Jazz Blog.

Nina just sent me this video of us playing Cry Cry Cry at the launch gig. This is the first YouTube video I’ve seen from the shows so it’s a bit of an exclusive!

Nina will be launching the album over in Melbourne on February 1st so if you are reading this from the other side of the planet you haven’t missed your chance! Watch this space for announcements of forthcoming live shows here in the UK. If you haven’t seen Nina Ferro live yet you’re frankly missing out and you’re going to want to get yourself along to a show at the next opportunity! We’ve been lucky enough to have Nina feature on a few shows at Hideaway this year (you can check out some videos from the Aretha Franklin set here). I suspect we’ll be playing the Into The Light set there sometime in the near future too.

You can now get your copy of Into The Light on iTunes or at Nina’s website. Enjoy…

Simon x

Nov 7 2008

Nina Ferro’s Album Launch at the 606

Hello folks,

Now I don’t normally do this on the blog, but I’ve got a very exciting show coming up on Monday which I wanted to tell you about. We will be officially launching my good friend Nina Ferro’s excellent new album Waiting For The Sunset on Monday 10th at the wonderful 606 Club in Chelsea (90 Lots Road, SW10).
I’ve been playing with Nina for a few years now and she is one of the most fantastic singers you’ll ever hear. Her new album features some great new original material and some choice covers all arranged by Grant Windsor.
The show will feature a 10 piece band (yes, a 10 piece band at the 606.. how we’ll all fit on the little stage at once is frankly beyond me, but we’ll certainly have a go). This is the lineup:
Nina Ferro- Vocals (obviously!)
Grant Windsor – Piano, keyboards & backing vocals
Simon Little- Electric & upright basses, backing vocals
Femi Temowo- Guitar
Darryn Farrugia- Drums
Jono McNeil- Backing vocals
Jamie Lee Wilson- Backing vocals
Brandon Allen- Sax
Quentin Collins- Trumpet
Trevor Myles- Trombone
This is a real all-star lineup and promises to be a fantastic show. I’d seriously recommend you all get on the case and book your tickets now; I think the show is fast selling out. Personally, I can’t wait! 
You can hear some of the tracks from Waiting For The Sunset on Nina’s MySpace page.
If you were planning on coming to one of my shows in London this year, come to this one. It’s gonna be a stonker. See you all there.