Quality not quantity as trio pack a punch

Nicola Farnon
Nicola Farnon

A talented musical trio who play a wide range of instruments are to appear in a north Northumberland village later this month.

The Nicola Farnon Trio will perform at Howick Village Hall on Saturday, March 21, as part of Highlights Rural Touring Scheme’s current season.

The group is made up of Nicola Farnon (vocals/double bass), Piero Tucci (piano and sax) and Phil Johnson (drums).

The talented musical trio manage to pack a mighty punch for a seemingly small outfit. Although there are only three, between them they cover vocals, double bass, piano, sax, drums and percussion.

Farnon herself manages to combine her exceptional talents of singing and playing bass with a delightfully original and very inclusively warm and witty performance.

She has been described by English jazz musician Humphrey Lyttelton, who passed away in 2008, as a ‘remarkable performer on stage, a fine singer and an outstandingly swinging and propulsive bass player with an outgoing personality to match’.

He added that she was a ‘class act who should be on every jazz festival in the land’.

Meanwhile, critics have labelled Tucci as ‘breathtaking, not just to listen to but watch ‘ while Johnson drives the whole performance with ‘an intense and propulsive drumming method which still retains a sensitivity that allows the overall song to shine through’.

The Howick show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are priced £8 adults, children £4 and family £20. They are available by calling 01665 577384.

For more information, visit highlightsnorth.co.uk