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About

NASTEE CHAPEL

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Innovative, eccentric and life-affirming are words from Nastee Chapel audiences.

This UK acoustic duo perform original music and folk songs, fusing genres and influences to create a musical melting pot you’ve never heard before. Virtuoso musicianship meets crowd-pleasing tunes and storytelling. An old time feel that is timeless and heart-grabbing in its relevance today.

Comprised of NatalieGrace (vocals, flute, whistle, mandolin, clogs) and Steve (vocals, guitar, banjo, cajon), their progressive, folk style songs transport you through ancient, medieval and modern stories from Britain, Ireland, Europe, North America and South Africa. Connect with music that celebrates the common threads of our lives, ‘for we all stand together, or we don’t stand at all.’

You’ll hear influence from 70’s prog folk, country & bluegrass , heavy rock and jazz, meet with a range of traditional music from around the world.

 

They’ve supported bands such as the Trials of Cato, Merry Hell and Those Folk, played at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival, Nantwich Roots Festival, Words & Music Festival and more. They have been frequently played on BBC Radio Shropshire on Genevieve Tudor's Sunday Folk music show.

 

Formed in 2019, the duo were hit hard by ye olde plague of 2020, but did not let this trial dissuade them from their path. In 2021 they busked their way through market towns, riled up taverns and pubs and gathered crowdfunded coin from their fans to release their debut album in 2023. ‘Lost & Found’ was produced by Nigel Stonier and displays the duo’s skill for writing original music. Walk the labyrinth of life with songs to take you from our ancient past to the modern day and see what you discover along the way.

 

As two bards with a passion for storytelling, they began a YouTube series in 2024 called ‘Into the Song’ an opportunity for fans to delve into the story, history and message of songs heard in a Nastee Chapel set. They continue to release singles as they work towards their next EP release.

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VOCALS, FLUTE, TIN WHISTLE, GUITAR, MANDOLIN, BANJO

NatalieGrace Kelsey

NatalieGrace's musical journey started with school and county orchestras, choirs and jazz bands in the day and CD's from her older siblings and soulful kitchen singalongs in the evening.  At 16 she gained a music scholarship to further her classical singing, flute and saxophone playing. Working in a record store as a teenager expanded her tastes further and it was there that she furthered a love for 70's folk and prog  rock that had begun with Jethro Tull and grew to include Yes, Rush and lesser known bands such as Trees.

Traditional songs had always been a part of life, some were passed on through family and you don't grow up in a convent school run by Irish nuns without learning a tune or two.

She later went on to study Music at City University, London with vocal tuition from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. There she learned and researched music from western history as well as being exposed to African and Iranian music, Samba and Gamelan. She also spent much time in the  recording studio working with acoustic and electric instruments and composing electroacoustic pieces.

NatalieGrace and Steve met in 2014 bonding over a love for rock and metal bands such as Tool, Meshuggah and System of a Down. After 3 years of head banging at metal gigs and festivals they had a go at playing music together. First, it was probably a Red Hot Chilli Peppers song, Steve on guitar and NatalieGrace on bass, and that grew into entertaining family with renditions of 'Valerie' by The Zutons and 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton. Then that led to Johnny Cash, Doc Watson, Joan Baez, Jean Ritchie and countless more that make up the melting pot of influences that feeds Nastee Chapel.

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"Folk music is the origional melody of man; it is the musical mirror of the world."

- FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

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