Singer Nick Mulvey relying on instinct ahead of Leadmill gig in Sheffield

Nick Mulvey.
Nick Mulvey.
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To say Nick Mulvey’s solo career is a mere four years old, he is not doing bad.

A critically-acclaimed debut, First Mind, tours with Laura Marling and a symphony orchestra and a Mercury Music prize nomination.

It is not hard to see why. First Mind is laden with unusual beats and nuances – even though each song is dominated by the acoustic guitar.

Fever to the Form, for example, is a breathtaking blend of deep bass, finger picking and moving chord changes.

Before going solo Mulvey, aged 28, founded Portico Quartet, a world-music/jazz outfit from London, although he left the band in 2010.

He studied music in Cubana and ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

These worldy beats and rhythms feed into First Mind, making an engaging album.

Mulvey says the album’s title is inspired by instinct – First Mind is about decisions that seem to take place without conscious effort.

He says: “My aim as a songwriter, just like most of the artists I love, is to appeal to your subconscious first.

“A song can be cerebrally satisfying second, but first of all it has to feel right.”

Nick plays The Leadmill Sheffield city centre, on Friday, October 24. For tickets, priced £12.50, visit