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NASTEE CHAPEL

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An acoustic folk duo performing innovative original music intertwined with traditional folk songs. Go on a journey through darkness and light over a bridge of stories that connect us to the present by learning from the past. Eccentric and heart-warming, this is music to connect and celebrate.

"Great catchy lyrics, superbly tight musicianship and a quirkiness that puts them head and shoulders above most of the music coming out of the UK folk scene right now." Send Me Your Ears, Music Review 2021

Formed in 2019, the two core members of the band, NatalieGrace and Steve, have brought their love for traditional folk music and 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 as they walk the line between virtuoso skill and crowd-pleasing tunes.

You'll hear influence from classical, jazz, heavy rock and metal meet with traditional music from North West Europe, North America, South Africa and more.

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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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