Music duo heading for the heights

An exciting new duo are set to take bookings after their first music video became an overnight success.

With Nay and I are vocalist Naomi Nield and Richard Tordoff on acoustic guitar, both from Cumbria.

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With a name inspired by the cult movie Withnail and I, Naomi and Richard have joined forces to sing at weddings, garden parties and any special event.

Their first professional video featuring the Eva Cassidy number Ain’t No Sunshine, and produced by Dave Macfarlane of dmtwo.media, has already scored thousands of viewings online. It was recorded by Tom Tyson at The Music Farm Studios in Egremont where the duo’s first demo disc was also made.

Both professional musicians with years of experience performing in the region, Naomi and Richard cover a mixture of traditional, classic and modern songs, interspersed with fingerstyle guitar solos.

“We span a wide range of genres and periods ranging from Eva Cassidy to Green Day, from Audrey Hepburn to Adele,” said Richard. “We’re confident there will be something for everyone’s taste and will happily consider learning new numbers if there is something special requested.”

Richard, who lives in Windermere, has taught guitar full time for some 15 years in  local schools, and also plays  electric, classical and bass guitar, and ukulele, and plays guitar in a band, The Vows.

Naomi is a founder member of The Vows, which has been playing at weddings and functions since 2006. A native of the Lake District, she’s a trained English and drama teacher and lead vocalist with the band Misdemeanour. She’s also performed with her twin sister Michaela Birket , an accomplished pianist.

With an impressive vocal range, Naomi can cover a wide range, from power ballads to folk numbers, rock anthems to love songs, and her repertoire is expansive and always growing.

She said: “I love all musical genres but my passion for music mainly came from listening to strong female vocalists such as Alison Moyet, Annie Lennox and Eva Cassidy. I’m now inspired by some of the brilliant modern singers: Adele, KT Tunstall and Norah Jones.”

Looking forward to performing with Richard at events throughout the region, Naomi added: “We understand how to create a day that is unique and will tailor our music for any occasion.”

You can see their video on https://www.facebook.com/lakesacousticduo/?fref=ts

And you can see With Nay and I playing live at the Flying Pig in Bowness on Thursday  Jan 26 and Thursday 9th March. For bookings please contact: richardtordoff@hotmail.com

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