The son of a trumpet player Nick was always around music. Early one Christmas morning Nick woke to find Santa had been, leaving him a present. It was a beautiful polished golden trumpet. Nick quickly started lessons and within six months made it to first trumpet player in the school concert band. Playing in school concerts competitions and other functions Nick soon got an appetite for performing to an audience.
Nicks brother was a drummer performing in a local bands, something that really appealed to Nick. With help and encouragement from his talented brother and fantastic music teacher Nick began his journey to becoming one of those people who hung around with musicians 'A Drummer'.
With school friends a school 'pop group' was formed. All being to shy to sing the group played instrumentals, playing in school concerts and at friends and relatives parties. Realising that man could not live by instrumentals alone the band found the courage to sing, much to everyone’s amazement it really wasn’t that terrible. After finishing school the band stayed together becoming regulars on the pub, club and holiday camp circuit in and around Kent.
In the early eighties the band came to an end and Nick was invited to join another local band. Nick accepted and over the next few years had a fantastic time performing all over the country including a memorable night at The London Palladium.
Along came the nineties and this gave Nick the opportunity to realise his dream and turn professional. This saw Nick perform on ships, tour Europe and entertaining the Armed Forces in Germany.
In the late nineties although still drumming Nick began a transition where he began to develop another talent, as a guitarist, performing with a friend as part of a duo. Although very challenging this was a very exciting time for Nick and so his love affair with the guitar had begun.
The new century brought a new chapter to Nick’s life and another new challenge. Nick travelled to Ibiza as a solo guitar/vocalist performing a successful season in Hotels and bars. In 2003 Nick settled on the picturesque island of Cyprus quickly becoming an in demand solo act in Hotels, bars, restaurants and functions.
In 2010 Nick teamed up with Steve Fury, a great singer and bass player. Their act ‘The Young Ones’ soon evolved into a great show featuring fantastic music, costume changes, tongue in cheek tributes to ‘Beatles’, ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘Elvis’, ‘Billy Fury’, ‘The Shadows’ and a whole heap more.
Now back in the UK Nick James or The Young Ones would love the chance to entertain you.
GUITAR LEGENDS Another brick in the wall – Pink Floyd Comfortably numb – Pink Floyd Brothers in arms – dire straits Romeo & Juliet – dire straits So far away – dire straits Sultans of swing – dire straits Money for nothing – dire straits Walk of life – dire straits Knockin on heavens door – Eric Clapton Lay down sally – Eric Clapton Wonderful tonight – Eric Clapton Parisienne walkways – Gary Moore Whiskey in the jar – Gary Moore (Thin Lizzy) Still got the blues – Gary Moore Black magic woman – Santana Europa – Santana Samb Pati – Santana Smooth – Santana FBI – Shadows Apache – Shadows Riders in the sky – Shadows Sleepwalk – Shadows Cavatina – Shadows Dance on – Shadows Albatross – Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)
PARTY HITS Amarillo – Tony Christie Blockbuster – The Sweet Tiger Feet – Mud Simply The Best – Tina Turner Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond Spirit in the sky _ Norman Greenbaum Brown eyed girl – Van Morrison Crazy little thing – Queen Crocodile rock – Elton John Dance the night away – Mavericks Daydream believer – Monkees Achy breaky heart – Billy Ray Living next door to Alice – Smokie Hi ho silver lining – Jeff Beck I’m a believer – Monkees Johnny b goode – Chuck Berry Knock three times – Tony Orlando La bamba – Richie Valens Anniversary waltz – Status Quo Caroline – Status Quo Rockin all over the world – Status Quo Shang a lang – Bay City Rollers Sugar sugar – The Archies Our House – Madness It Must Be Love – Madness
OTHERS (mainly 60’s & 70’s) Alright now – Free At the hop – Danny & The Juniors Baker street – Gerry Rafferty Blues brothers medley – Blue Brothers Crackling Rosie – Neil Diamond Come up & see me make me smile – Steve Harley Get it on – T Rex Hot love – T Rex Halfway to paradise – Billy Fury Hey rock n roll – Showaddywaddy Honky tonk woman – Rolling Stones Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Suede Doesn’t matter anymore – Buddy Holly Oh boy – Buddy Holly Hotel California – Eagles Lyin eyes – Eagles Peaceful easy feeling – Eagles Take it easy – Eagles Tequila sunrise – Eagles Long tall sally medley – Elvis Suspicious minds – Elvis In the ghetto – Elvis Teddy bear – Elvis Elvis medley – Elvis Move it – Cliff Richard Needles & pins – Searchers Never rains in southern California – Albert Hammond Mustang Sally – Commitments Pretty woman – Roy Orbison Road to hell – Chris Rea Sorrow – David Bowie Stand by me – Ben E King Sweet home Chicago – Blue Brothers Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran Teenager in love – Marty Wild Three steps to heaven – Eddie Cochran Young Ones – Cliff Richard Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell Delilah – Tom Jones Green green grass – Tom Jones If I said you had a beautiful body – Bellamy Brothers Kingston Town – UB40 Sloop John B – Beach Boys Oh Carol – Neil Sedaka Legend of Xanadu – Dave Dee Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
INSTRUMENTALS Duelling Banjo – Deliverence Dance with the devil – Cosy Powell Wipe out – Surfaris Probably a few more