The Story - So Far...
“Engaging songs with a quirky delivery. Songs full of hooks and striking chord changes. He’s a joy to work with!” - Chris Pepper - Saltwell Studio producer
“It’s always been there, an enigma, visceral, magical, inside and outside at the same time. It scared me, so I hid it from people for a long time. However there came a point when I needed to be honest - I was a singer-songwriter!” reveals Nigel, of the lead up to his debut album.
So 2021 arrives with the album ‘Hello Mystery’, the creation of which has been made possible through the help of a number of collaborators, not the least of whom is producer and musician Chris Pepper – who has played, engineered and produced acclaimed music with, amongst others, Chris Difford and Boo Hewerdine.
Nigel’s songs are an eclectic mix, with a respectful nod to classic songcraft, whilst incorporating his own brand of quirks. “I like to give my take on life’s significant experiences and other peoples stories. Though I’m not always the best at traditional emotions, I can write a tune and I like to use a bit of humour too.” explains Nigel.
Born in the North West of England and now based in Bristol, UK, Nigel draws from many musical influences including Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Blondie and classic British Rock and Pop.
“‘Hello Mystery' started life in Dec '17 when I recorded the song ‘Mystery’ with Chris at his new studio. It was a major turning point and I was so amazed by the results, it spurred me on”, describes Nigel of the album’s history. “After this I focused on developing through writing, recording and performing. Which included taking part in song-writing workshops held by Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith and committing to a year long ‘Song A Week’ challenge, with other songwriters from around the world.”
After spending the majority of 2020 creating his album, Nigel has reflected “I’ve got to a strange place, but what an adventure, what’s next? ‘Hello Mystery’”.
A seasoned performer of energetic and amusing shows, with songs covering a wide variety of styles and time periods. He has performed in many different venues with some of the highlights being; Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Harefest, Tetbury Music Festival, Mayfest, Southern Sounds and supporting American group Raveis Kole on their UK Tour.
Nigel has also been featured on many radio shows, both his recorded songs and live performances including BBC Radio, Country Music UK, GFM, Frome FM, BCFM, BSR FM and KTCRFM.
His album ‘Hello Mystery’ was released in 2021 and has received many appreciative reviews:
“A sparkly beacon of showbiz, more surprising than a contemporary David Byrne with a Stetson - Hello Mystery is as it says on the tin, and for this I give it full marks. Johnny Cash pastiche meets Tonight at the London Palladium; love it!”
“A certain distinctiveness which makes it a Nigel G. Lowndes song - it really is different and catchy - it has something for everyone no matter what your taste”
“Hello Mystery is a highly enjoyable album that demonstrates that quirky English songwriting is alive, well, and living in Bristol. Thanks Nigel – you’ve made a wonderful album!”
At the Barrier
“Nigel's music is like a big warm hug that radiates passion in a way that I can’t help but adore, I look forward to listening again in the future!”
On The House