Meet Nastee Chapel

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Nastee Chapel are building a bridge that connects our folk history to our modern era. Tales of morality, mortality and the simple joys of life are interwoven with foot stomping riffs, progressive instrumentals and melodies that yank on the coldest of heart strings.

Formed in 2019, the two core members of the band, Natalie and Steve, have brought their love for traditional British, Irish and Appalachian folk, sweetened it with a little bluegrass and country influence and then poured in ideas from their eclectic musical backgrounds to create an innovative sound that will tickle the tastebuds of music maestros and casual listeners alike.

Their creative musicality entertains people of all ages and beliefs as they walk the line between virtuoso skill and crowd-pleasing tunes.

When reading stories from the past it is essential to consider who was holding the pen and paper. Nastee Chapel dig into the qualities of what makes us human through parables and fables that will take you on a journey through the ages.

The path may seem dark but the joy and authenticity that bursts from their performance surrounds their audience with love, acceptance and connection.

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

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Natalie'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.

Natalie 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 Natalie 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