Rosie Nimmo "Home"
Kick My Heels; 2010


Edinburgh’s Rosie Nimmo has a rich, deep voice maybe in the range of Annie Lennox, although the style is bit subtler on this record. The music is sensitive jazz-blues-rock-lounge in style. A few songs are simply nice arrangements to showcase her voice, but a majority of the album has creative songs that don’t easily fit into simple categories. And of course that is a positive thing. The producer, Marc Pilley, deserves some credit for this as he also plays on this record. Between Pilley and Nimmo, they have created a nice album that is simple enough to play in the background, but complex enough to study under the headphones. “Low blue way” is the most interesting song here and the clearest folk song on the album.
© David Hintz

 

Original here

Rising star Rosie Nimmo played an intimate gig in the Back Room of the Acoustic Music Centre, performing songs from both of her albums ‘Home’ and ‘Lazy and Mellow’.

An Edinburgh local, Nimmo seemed at ease with the crowd and struck up a rapport with the audience quickly, leading them in song on two separate occasions. Her  soft and warm take on Americana and blues certainly has its own character.

Opening with a guest appearance from her son, Michael Nimmo, she launched her performance with a brace of songs including a truncated version of ‘Joy’. An especial highlight of the set was the heartfelt song about her last child leaving home, showing that Nimmo is as much a storyteller as a songwriter.

With a simple set up for her backing band - electric guitar, bass and cello to match her own acoustic guitar and harmonica arrangement - Nimmo’s stripped-back sound places her comfortably in a niche of folk and blues that makes for good listening.

Overall, Nimmo’s work is well-produced and performed at a high level of musicianship. The audience was clearly loving her music and it was hard not to soak up some of their enthusiasm.


Original full review at Broadway Baby

(From 60's group Peter and Gordon, and also James Taylor's manager for over 30 years)

'I really enjoyed listening to it. Cool songs and you have an excellent voice –and with a couple of different styles in interesting and varied ranges. You sound (for example) angelic on "Never Go Back" but quite a bit tougher in your lower range on "Precious Mistakes"!'

'....like it a lot. Great voice, nicely produced'

So, as promised, here are the Italian reviews translated (along with links to the original Italian versions for all you clever clogs out there!)

1) From ilpopolodelblues.com (The actual article is here in a pdf)

"There's a curious story about the singer-songwriter, Rosie Nimmo, from Edinburgh. Curious, because her artistic career began only a few years ago, and has been running at the same time as her job as a therapist. Credit for this goes to a voice coach who discovered her talent. Singing for Rosie became a mission which led her to join a blues band before flying solo and forming her own band, called Rosy Blue.

Her acoustic style (heard at the Acoustic Music Centre at St Bride's, as part of the Fringe), with the support of bassist Tommy Nimmo and cellist Emma Turley, is jazzy and very well complimented by the guitarist, Stuart Allardyce. His playing and its simple melodies add worth and highlight Rosie's lyrics.

There are two albums by Rosie: "Lazy and Mellow" and "Home" in which you can find tracks that give these albums their titles. To these, she adds 'Timeclock', a strange mixture of Scottish salsa, and the ballad 'Little Hill' (sic - actually Little Bird). The concert had an intimate and inclusive atmosphere, and the audience who came heard her northern style in a warm and upbeat style."

2) From Quotidiano.it

"There's a curious story about the singer-songwriter, Rosie Nimmo, from Edinburgh. Curious, because her artistic career began only a few years ago, and has been running at the same time as her job as a therapist. Credit for this goes to a voice coach who discovered her talent. Singing for Rosie became a mission which led her to join a blues band before flying solo and forming her own band, called Rosy Blue.

From that moment she started to regularly play at festivals all over Great Britain and couldn't not come back home to Edinburgh for the Fringe (at the Acoustic Music Centre at St Bride's). From her musical upbringing, Rosie seems to have absorbed from some of the great Anglo-American singer-songwriters; from James Taylor to John Martyn; from Carole King to Leonard Cohen.

Her acoustic style with the support of bassist Tommy Nimmo and cellist Emma Turley, is jazzy and very well complimented by the guitarist, Stuart Allardyce. His playing and its simple melodies add worth and highlight Rosie's lyrics. There are two albums by Rosie: "Lazy and Mellow" and "Home" in which you can find tracks that give these albums their titles."

From drammaturgia.it

The folk triumph

...Now we look at the acoustic singer-songwriter scene, which unfortunately has seen the long-awaited defection of Bert Jansch. A great surprise (at the concert) was the in-house songwriter, Rosie Nimmo, the writer of cultured songs whose melodies are well-supported and complimented by the guitar playing of Stuart Allardyce. Indeed, Rosie Nimmo's style is made up of many influences that blend nicely into her songs...

Rosie Nimmo

Lazy & Mellow

'I've been playing Lazy and Mellow today, really for the first proper, uninterrupted time. And I find it deeply moving. Eloquent, gently questioning, a little sad in many places (which I love, of course) and beautifully produced'.

Piers Ford

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