The British Invasion didn't stop with the Beatles or Rolling Stones, among others. Locally, it could include Nick Davey, who has called Colorado Springs home since 2006 after growing up in England. Davey is the featured performer for our live Take 10 on the Gazette News Facebook platform on Friday, Jan.12 during the noon hour. Davey started his musical journey at the age of 14 learning classical guitar, which helped him develop his finger-picking style on his instrument. Davey evolved into enjoying and emulating more eclectic performers like Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young. Davey said he had a great affinity to that heartfelt style of singer-songwriter with a dark guitar sound thrown into it.
Davey's style of music includes many genres, "I lean toward folk/rock but also play gypsy jazz style or ballads. For someone who would come and listen to my performance, you would find something you like in my musical repertoire."
Davey has taken a circuitous route to get to Colorado Springs with his springboard from England and stops in Africa and Poland. Poland is where he met his future wife while performing and teaching English. She is from Colorado Springs so it was natural for him to move to the Pikes Peak region. He is an adjunct professor at Pikes Peak Community College when he is not performing.
Davey told me one of his memorable moments on stage had to do with a possible ghost sighting. A spirit either liked his and his band's music or to the contrary, "The band was called Quince and we were performing at a reconsecrated chapel in Chesterfield, in northern England. One time in the balcony where no one was allowed, we noticed some strange movement. There was a weight that was used to hold down the lights. For some reason, the weight flew from the balcony, bounced off the stage and flew over to the other side. Something or someone had to push that weight but there was no one in the balcony. There was a force at work and to this day we don't know what it was."
Luckily no one was hurt and as the saying goes, "The show must go on."
Davey has put together one album and hopes to make a second original album in a year or two. His motivation as an artist is complex but integral to his musical psyche, "I don't know what I would do without my music. It is just something that you have to do, and there are tunes I have to play and words I have to write."
You will be able to hear Davey music in our live Take 10 on our Gazette News Facebook platform, Friday.
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