Kate Robbins & Nicky Campbell
We're Just Passing Through
A masterful album of easy listening HITS
It's a gem. Seriously feel good classic songs
Moonlight's Back in Style
Stylish, intelligent and really good fun.
The lyrics are annoyingly good
Sir Tim Rice
On so many levels, this should not work, but on so many levels, it does"
Moraghan and Campbell update their chosen era superbly
"A welcome venture into the world of swing”
Sir Michael Parkinson
“There isn't a weak track on this CD. If you like Connick Jr or Sinatra, you'll love it.”
I have just written a song for the ‘Born Free Foundation’ for voice and acoustic guitar. Kit Morgan played guitar and we are still to decide on the final vocalist. It is to be used in a short ‘Born Free’ film on the wildlife crisis facing the planet and I have given all rights and [...]
I have just written a song for the ‘Born Free Foundation’ for voice and acoustic guitar. Kit Morgan played guitar and we are still to decide on the final vocalist. It is to be used in a short ‘Born Free’ film on the wildlife crisis facing the planet and I have given all rights and publishing to the conservation charity. They do amazing work. We need them. Follow Will on twitter – @willtravers. More soon…..
The Great American Love Songs
My documentary about the Great American Songbook was broadcast in May 2015 on ITV1. I got the chance to talk about some of the greatest songs ever written. And to try and analyse them – HERE and HERE [busking in Washington Sq Gardens] for example. I went to Manhattan to explore a lifelong musical passion for the golden [...]
My documentary about the Great American Songbook was broadcast in May 2015 on ITV1. I got the chance to talk about some of the greatest songs ever written. And to try and analyse them – HERE and HERE [busking in Washington Sq Gardens] for example. I went to Manhattan to explore a lifelong musical passion for the golden age of song-writing when the music of packed Broadway theatres fused with the sounds of Harlem’s raunchy jazz clubs to make the most beautiful Manhattan cocktail. These are the songs I chose to explore -
‘Manhattan’ - Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s witty and playful 1925 tribute to a young couple falling in love‘
The Man I Love’ – George and Ira Gershwin’s haunting and bluesy early torch song
‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fats Waller’s playful and ambiguous 1929 theme tune of naughty Harlem
‘Night and Day’ –1932 classic of passion beneath-the-surface which Nicky plays on Cole Porter’s own piano
’The Way You Look Tonight’ – written for Fred Astaire to serenade Ginger Rogers in the 1936 hit comedy ‘Swing Time’
‘The Night we Called It a Day’ –the ultimate break-up song, written for Frank Sinatra in 1942
I really enjoyed filming and editing this fun video for Celeste recently. The joys of a Canon EOS 5D and Final Cut Pro X.
The joys of a Canon EOS 5D and Final Cut Pro X.
This song was recorded for our album ‘We’re Just Passing Through’ but my vocal wasn’t strong enough or shall I say ‘the song didn’t suit me’. Once the album was released it was too late and then we had the idea to get Logan Wilson, who already sings on the album, to do it. He [...]
This song was recorded for our album ‘We’re Just Passing Through’ but my vocal wasn’t strong enough or shall I say ‘the song didn’t suit me’. Once the album was released it was too late and then we had the idea to get Logan Wilson, who already sings on the album, to do it. He gives a wonderful performance of ‘She’s Playing My heart’ and just listen to Paul Buck’s luxuriant jazz nightclub piano. It’s all yours. CLICK HERE.
WE’RE JUST PASSING THROUGH
The album Kate and I wrote was finally released on July 2014. We received some great national and regional airplay and a fantastic critical reaction. Here are a couple of the reviews. CLICK HERE And [Scroll down a bit for this one] CLICK HERE And you can see all the stuff on the Website Kate [...]
The album Kate and I wrote was finally released on July 2014. We received some great national and regional airplay and a fantastic critical reaction. Here are a couple of the reviews.
And [Scroll down a bit for this one]
And you can see all the stuff on the Website Kate and i have for our music - Robbinscampbell.com
Here is the title track of the video – filmed on little camcorders on my travels all around the world over the past few years including the time we were stopped by Chinese security police. It’s a beautiful beautiful vocal from Ray Brown on this.
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Mhormusic is an original music company run by Nicky Campbell.
I started writing songs when I was 12 years old. I remember the moment. Sister’s cassette. Sony double tape deck. ‘With the Beatles’ burrowed into my soul. “Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you.” Sgt Pepper and the Kinks followed soon after. From then on writing lyrics and making music has been at the heart of my life.
With my first song-writing partner, school friend Robert Harley, I wrote and recorded dozens of songs in the teenage years. Tenants Lager and cigarettes and loud loud amplifiers. Oh and the piano in my bedroom [Bluthner Leipzig] which had been passed down from Granny. There was nowhere else to put it.
While at University I wrote two musicals for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including the successful “Rogue and Peasant Slave” starring a man heading for acting stardom Iain Glen , a man heading for screenwriting stardom Simon Donald and me pulling up the rear..with fortitude.
After graduating in History, I joined Northsound Radio as a jingle writer making a decent post-college living composing for Radio and TV. Shoe shops, sports shops, supermarkets and furniture warehouses all “inspired” relentlessly jaunty melodies. As my life in Radio and TV progressed composing music took a back seat but it was always there. During ten years on Radio One I wrote a fair bit of music for the station and in 1995 was proud to win a Sony Award for original compositions.
In 2007 I met the singer and actor Mark Moraghan. We made an album together celebrating our mutual love of ‘Swing’. I wrote the words and music. The Big Band Songs were arranged by Paul Buck with some fantastic musicians playing on the sessions. The album Moonlight’s Back in Style – was signed up by Linn Records and actually critically acclaimed! The acknowledged world expert on the great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein, described the work as “charming”. That one’s on the wall. Here is the TITLE TRACK. Mark performed two of the songs with the 70 piece BBC Concert Orchestra on ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ [BBC Radio 2].
The gigs with Mark and the band were a joyous. We had some amazing laughs along the way. We played theatres up and down the country.
I then wrote for and recorded a number of songs with Mark Adams – the Dean Martin in the original London ‘Rat Pack’ whose own show ‘That’s Amore’ plays all over the world. The touring Rat Pack show covered my Dean Martin homage ‘It’s Christmas Eve’
Then Nicky met Kate. We’ve formed a prolific songwriting partnership signing a major publishing deal with Long Lunch Music Our well reviewed album ‘We’re Just Passing Through’ was released in July 2014. A cover version of a song on the album by Logan Wilson came out in November 2014. CLICK HERE for the video.
[Deft switch from the first to third person] Recently Nicky has had songs performed and covered by the Ukuleles, Catherine Sykes, Dave Giles and of course that ‘Dean Martin’ Christmas Song’
I’ve just recorded a batch of solo songs and I am currently working on the music for a short video from the ‘Born Free Foundation’. I am also making a video for a song I wrote called ‘Too Much Crazy’ which is about the whole damn thing falling apart.
Recently I wrote and presented a documentary for ITV1 about the Great American Songbook. Nice review [I think] at the bottom of this Daily Mail article. I got the chance to play Cole Porter’s piano in the Waldorf Astoria. Oh yes.
Paul is one of the most respected arrangers in the business. He specialises in every musical style. An accomplished percussionist and outstanding pianist, his work on ‘Moonlight’s Back in Style’ garnered rave reviews.
His feel for the new swing style and instrumentation was just beautiful.
Paul Buck has been a professional musician since he was 17. He is in his sixties. That’s a lot of dots.
Over the years Paul has worked at MD for the International vocal group Wall Street Crash and has worked with the Berlin Radio Orchestra, BBC Radio Big Band, the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Pete King, Kenny Baker, Digby Fairweather and many more.
Nicky Campbell says of Paul -”His ears are just incredible. Astonishing. Phenomenal. How can he tell that is a flattened thirteenth with an added fifth? He is like a dog. He hears stuff none of the rest of us can. And – he is one of the best Jazz pianists I’ve ever heard. I hate him.”
Recently he and Nicky have done some co-writing. One result of the collaboration is an exciting new swing number called “My Definition of OMG”.
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