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Nick Mulvey
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Background information
Birth nameNick Mulvey
Born(1984-11-04) 4 November 1984 (age 32)
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums, piano, Hang
Years active2007–present
Associated actsBen Howard, Portico Quartet

Nick Mulvey (born 4 November 1984) is an English musician, singer and songwriter who studied music in Havana, Cuba. He played the Hang as a founder member of 2008 Mercury Prize nominated band Portico Quartet, until 2011 when he left to pursue his career as a singer-songwriter[1] releasing the EPs The Trellis (2012) and Fever to the Form (2013) and his studio album First Mind in 2014 which received a Mercury Music Prize nomination.


  • 1 Beginnings
  • 2 Portico Quartet
  • 3 Solo career
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Studio albums
    • 4.2 Extended plays
    • 4.3 Singles
  • 5 References


Mulvey grew up in Cambridge and attended Chesterton Community College and Long Road Sixth Form College.[2] At the age of 19 he moved to Havana, Cuba to study music and art. On returning to the UK, Nick enrolled at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies to study Ethnomusicology.

Portico Quartet

Main article: Portico Quartet

While studying Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Mulvey met the other members of Portico Quartet. The band consisted of Cambridge school friend Duncan Bellamy (drums), Jack Wyllie (soprano and tenor saxophone), and Milo Fitzpatrick (double bass). Their debut album Knee-deep in the North Sea, was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize[3] alongside Radiohead, Elbow, and Adele in 2008. The album's title was mentioned in the closing words to Alt-J's song Dissolve Me. Portico Quartet released their second album Isla on 9 October 2009 through Real World Records.

Solo career

Mulvey left Portico Quartet in 2011 to focus on a solo career as a singer-songwriter. Some critics noted his change in style,[4] Mulvey states that his style of music stays consistent. "I'm always drawn to the same principles in music. Beneath each genre, at a certain level, they hold the same principles".

As a solo artist, Mulvey released his first EP The Trellis in November 2012, and his second, Fever to the Form in July 2013. On his autumn 2013 tour with Laura Marling, he performed in symphony halls across the UK, naming Marling as a great influence to his solo music.

In 2014, Nick Mulvey played Wonderfruit in Thailand.[5]


  1. ^ "News from Portico Quartet". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Mercury Music Prize 2008 Nominations". 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Resident Advisor Retrieved 13 August 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Nick Mulvey discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nick Mulvey discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nick Mulvey discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  9. ^ iTunes – Music – First Mind by Nick Mulvey
  10. ^ iTunes – Music – Fever to the Form – EP by Nick Mulvey
  11. ^ iTunes – Music – Fever To the Form – EP by Nick Mulvey
  12. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
    • For "Cucurucu": "Chart Archive > March 15, 2014". Official Charts Company. 15 March 2014. 
  13. ^ iTunes – Music – Nitrous – Single by Nick Mulvey

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