Indietracks interview #25: Nick Garrie

Three days to go until the festival: three interviews left to bring you! Nick Garrie-Hamilton, better known as Nick Garrie, is a British singer-songwriter best known for his extremely rare 1969 debut album, ‘The Nightmare of JB Stanislas’, which is considered by many to be an exemplary piece of psychedelic baroque pop. Original copies of the album, which was reportedly only available in France, are known to have been very expensive, and it wasn’t until 2005, when Rev-ola Records issued it, that it was available on CD.

Forty years after this debut, Nick Garrie is back with ’49 Arlington Gardens’, his long-awaited new album, released on Elefant Records. Nick will play on the outdoor stage on the Sunday afternoon of the festival.

Hi Nick, Indietracks is a pretty unique location – tell us about an unusual place you’ve played a show in the past
I seem to have played in unusual places most of my life, on mountain tops in the cold setting sun, in little portugese cafes lapped by the sea and last night in a solitary petrol station to a homesick Sri lankan.

Tell us about your plans for this year

September will be 40 years since I recorded Stanislas and Elefant are re-releasing it along with “the cuts” – six songs which never made it onto the album. I’ve also been recording with Duglas and the BMX Bandits; one session was finished in a little studio up in the hills in northern Portugal and the rest was done in Glasgow over the recent half-term week. It will also include a short memoir I’ve written called ‘I’ll read the book’

Do you have any surprises planned for the festival?
If enough kids turn up I’m going to bring them on stage to sing The Clockmaker. And if my lovely daughter is brave enough (from the Twilight video) she’ll sing When Evening Comes with me.. a lot of ifs!

What are you looking forward to at the festival?
I’m really looking forward to it and grateful to Luis for asking me. I’ve played everywhere except festivals and I hope my little songs don’t get blown away. I went to boarding school on steam trains and wrote ‘Twilight’ and ‘Nook and Cranny’ on trains. I’m looking forward to hearing every band at Indietracks and I wish us all well.