Logan and Morgan
"It's lovely" Ricky Gervais
"A beautiful video" Louis Theroux
"Important" Chelsea Clinton
"Beautiful" Jon Ronson
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.”
On April 2017 we officially release the single ‘Sacred Eyes’ that I wrote for the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Kenya. They are on the front line of the war against poaching and at the last line of defence against extinction. The video is extraordinary and has had some fantastically positive reactions “Beautiful” – Louis Theroux. […]
On April 2017 we officially release the single ‘Sacred Eyes’ that I wrote for the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Kenya. They are on the front line of the war against poaching and at the last line of defence against extinction. The video is extraordinary and has had some fantastically positive reactions
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.
Through It All
Steven Sproat plays a 1927 Banjo-uke on this our most downloaded track. I wrote ‘Through It All‘ on my Hamano Ukulele and the words came just about all at once. I was going to ditch “serendipity” but MM insisted it stay. We performed this with Paul Buck on piano, me on uke and Mark Moraghan […]
Steven Sproat plays a 1927 Banjo-uke on this our most downloaded track. I wrote ‘Through It All‘ on my Hamano Ukulele and the words came just about all at once. I was going to ditch “serendipity” but MM insisted it stay. We performed this with Paul Buck on piano, me on uke and Mark Moraghan on vocals on the ‘Michael Ball Sunday’ morning show on BBC Radio 2.
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
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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. Sinatra and Basie had always been around. 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. I loved that piano. Don’t now. Here’s why.
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 joyous. We had some great laughs along the way. We played theatres up and down the country. After that happy hullabaloo I wrote for and recorded a number of songs with Mark Adams who was ‘Dean Martin’ in the original London ‘Rat Pack’ and 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 I met Kate Robbins. We’ve formed a prolific and cherished songwriting partnership signing a 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.
Recently I’ve had songs performed and covered by the Ukuleles, Catherine Sykes, Dave Giles and of course that ‘Dean Martin’ Christmas Song’. Actually I wrote with Dave Giles for his album “Love, Life, Loss and Tea’ and we are going to collaborate again soon. I love this track we wrote together. And here’s another – ‘Angel of the North’.
A couple of years back 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.
My latest project is with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Please watch and share.
NC March 2017
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 perfect.
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 hears stuff no other human can”. His string arrangement for ‘Sacred Eyes’ is so beautiful.
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