With chest beaten rhythms, hypnotic vocal looping and acoustic instruments Nicolette arranges folk songs both old and new. Interwoven with landscapes and the sea her songs range from fragile sparse laments to beautiful textural journeys. Inviting the listener to join her on an exploration of emotion, imagination and memory.
Nicolette’s voice hints to her classical training but her delivery is informed by influential female vocalists and songwriters including Joan Baez, Lisa Gerard and Karine Polwart. Her vocals have been used in film and in a pop setting for albums receiving prime time radio play on BBC2 and BBC6. She is regularly commissioned to compose for theatre and dance.
Nicolette is currently creating a solo piece of gig theatre about the Sea. With an accompanying podcast called ‘SeaGazing’ where Nicolette and her co-host talk to individuals working in communities and marine conservation in Scotland. Her show ‘SeaSong’ will tour in 2022 and is part of the Rural Touring supported programme.
‘exquisite songs, both new and familiar’ - The Scotsman
‘skin-tingling’ - The Skinny
‘oceanic’ - The Argus
Here is a video about the show created for the 'Spotlight Sessions.'
Sit down for this one. Nicolette Macleod is going to change your life. Macleod has a gritty authenticity that you just don’t hear much in music these days. There’s a dash of Janis and a bit of Joni in her work. But there’s a lot of uniqueness to the vocal quality that Macleod brings, highlighting the raw and engaging lyrics. This track has the potential to shake up the folk genre if it gets to the right audiences. It’s powerful.
Greg Jones, Ear To The Ground, reviewing Love and Gold