Mike Nicholson is one of those remarkable singers who
manages to create an immediate and loyal following everywhere
he goes. This is due in large part to his unrestrained
passion for what he loves doing the most - singing good
songs! He draws his audience to him through an unassuming
approach which only asks that the listener might share
his love of singing and of the songs.
Mike performs a wide spectrum of material, and generally
speaking, it's material that has something to say. From
his early acting days, he's retained an enthusiasm for
utilising any format which can tell a story or which might
stimulate the intellect. Through his singing, many audiences
would agree, he's found the vehicle that suits him best.
"A voice to be proud of, songs to die for
and a great personality"
Bodmin FC, Cornwall
newly composed, ancient or modern -
Mike Nicholson will breath fresh life into it like no-one
Mike Nicholson may well have 'discovered' the folk scene
a little later in life than many, but to witness him performing
in front of an audience today presents a picture of a
man who's a natural born, captivating entertainer.
by Jasmine: jasminepoole.co.uk
by Andy Pigg
rich, velvety yet strong bass baritone voice
sent shivers down my spine"
He's so completely comfortable with himself and the songs
he's singing, that his relaxed de-meanour and rich, bass
baritone voice can totally beguile an audience within
True, people warm to the generosity of his personal style
and the remarkable timbre of his voice, but his compulsion
to sing is perhaps the most infectious agent in Mike's
all-round musical offensive!
Mike Nicholson is a good friend, he has the most beautiful
dark brown baritone voice and uses it to great effect
in a wide variety of songs, from the most traditional
of chorus songs, in which he loves to sweep the audience
along with him, to contemporary thought provoking material
in which he has the ability to convey the message.
songs of human nature and the human condition are surely
one of the best things about the folk scene. You claimed
not to be a guitarist, but your songs lived with your
easy accompaniment, true voice and tone. It was good
to listen to. Steve Nunn, sound desk.
his rich bass baritone voice, and lyrical guitar playing,
Mike has a compelling stage presence that delights audiences
far and wide. A captivating storyteller through a wide
range of songs and a born entertainer.
sings songs. Well, he doesn’t sing them he fashions,
moulds and polishes them so each proud gem comes alive
with its own special sparkle.
Mick Tems Folk Wales
was blown away by your voice at the Graham Miles Memorial
concert last night, it was refreshing to discover a
singer I hadn’t come across before that I’d
like to hear again
email from a lady in the audience , Cecil
Mike has been involved with the folk scene since 1989
I first met him last October in Falmouth. His rich,
velvety yet strong bass baritone voice sent shivers
down my spine and I knew I had to get him to the club.
"Those who have heard Mike Nicholson sing will not need
me to tell them what a delightful experience that is.
When Mike sings a song it stays sung - and you won't
(the late) Bob Copper, Copper Family
for Mike Nicholson, what can I say... brilliant!, is
what I can say! For me, this man was a revalation -
superb voice, wonderful song choices, warm presentation
- the epitome of a folk singer and one who thoroughly
appreciated and enjoyed hearing copious chorus returns
from his listeners. My highlight of the night!"
Eric Payne, Chairman of Somers Folklife
" This lad can hold a song down and has a voice like
a warm fire on a winters evening"
Les Bond, BBC Radio Lancashire.
"Mike is praised for having an
unpretentious and extremely relaxed voice and builds
a lovely relationship with audiences at many festivals
and clubs in the country"
Towersey Village Festival, Buckinghamshire
"Mike has a wonderful voice, as many people as possible
should hear him"
Broadstairs Folk Week, Kent
"Listening to Mike is a magical
experience - he wraps up his audience, lifts them up
with him and very gently sets them down again"
Saddleworth Festival, Yorkshire
"It wasn't just his rich, mellow baritone voice that
struck home with us but his interpretation and capacity
of contrast, his ability, on the one hand, to lead the
singing of big chorus songs and, on the other to come
back with the most subtle and gentle of ballads. Here's
a truly lovely singer."
Wheaton Aston Festival, Staffordshire
owns a powerful, deep and melodious voice, which he puts
to good use singing a great range of traditional and contemporary
Holmfirth Festival, Yorkshire
"Mike has a lovely voice, full of rich colours and easy
grace, that enables him to put over the story of the words
while bringing out the beauty in the tunes"
Bideford FC, Devon
"His songs are wonderful - his delivery
is so laid back he makes Perry Como look like St. Vitus'
Dance He's brilliant"
Folk on Tap, Southern Counties
"Mike's voice is deep rich and very melodic, sending shivers
down the spine. I've never heard him sing a song which
didn't sound tailor-made for him, I like him, you will
Deal FC, Kent
Nicholson is a very fine singer with a splendid and rich
bass-baritone voice and an immaculately chosen repertoire
of songs traditional and modern, he always gets this club
singing gloriously. It's got to the point where we need
an annual fix of Nicholson, Oh and he's also a really
Horsham FC , Sussex
was privileged to be here tonight"
Unknown audience Wooden Horse FC, Lancashire
by Mick Doddsworth