Nina Garcia – Fiery Fiddle Driven Celtic, Pop & Party!
Popular solo vocalist and fiddle player, performing your favourite songs from many genres.
Singer, songwriter and performer, Nina Garcia began performing at the age of nine, along side her mum, dad and brother, as fiddle player and singer in their family folk rock band, The Sydling Stompers. The group played many varied gigs and supported the likes of the Dubliners and Davey Arthur from the Fureys. They recorded two albums and were favourites at well known events such as Guernsey International and Sidmouth Folk Festival. By the time Nina had turned fourteen, she had been featured on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Folk on 2’, had performed twice at London’s renowned music venue, the Mean Fiddler and was a favourite at the Green Room Club, in the West End. She was also booked to appear at the London Docklands Festival.
Nina formed Celtic rock band ‘Jigsaw’ in 1996. Along side her brother, well known Dorset based fiddle player, Benny Wain, she toured the UK extensively, performing six nights a week. She turned her hand to composing original material for the group, who were proud to perform at Kilburn Irish Festival, London supporting Shane McGowan and the Popes. Jigsaw recorded an album and were invited to Red Bus Studios, London to feature on an O’Neills compilation, where they were offered a contract with Sony. During this time, Nina was also lead vocalist in Jazz quintet ‘Section 5’.
1999 saw the beginning of a seven year musical career based in Phuket, Thailand and Singapore. Predominantly lead vocals and fiddle player, as part of a Celtic pop line up, Nina was also lead vocalist in a Jazz funk band, along side four of Thailand’s finest musicians. Again, performing six nights a week, to audiences from across the globe.
Back on home soil, in 2010 Nina embarked upon a solo career as ‘Nina Garcia – Fiery Fiddle Driven Celtic, Pop and Party’. She currently performs River Dance style jigs and reels and sings cover songs from many genres. She has performed numerous times at Southampton and London Boat Show, the Royal Hampton Court Garden Festival, for our Royal family and in recent times, performed in Nashville, Alabama, Amarillo USA and Wellington, South Africa. Nina composes and records her own material and was head hunted in 2013, by well known composer for TV, Leigh Haggerwood, to sing with the highly acclaimed ‘Florin Street Band’ on their Christmas release, ‘Winter Wonder’. During 2016, Nina was commissioned by St Margaret’s Hospice UK, to write their charity song, entitled ‘Making Each Day Count’. America based ‘Walk on Part Productions’ have recently commissioned Nina to write songs for their new musical ‘Tolpuddle’ and have cast her as leading lady “Betsy Loveless”. ‘Tolpuddle’ will premier in Montgomery, Alabama in 2020.
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