Nic France (Independent)
In 1976 at the age of 19, Nic studied music, percussion, piano and singing at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology but is self-taught on kit. Whilst in Cambridge Nic played regularly at the Modern Jazz Club with fellow students Chucho Merchan and John Donaldson and had the great opportunity to play with some outstanding musicians such as Gordon Beck, Martin Taylor and Tony Coe.
In 1980 Nic moved to London to work as a freelance session drummer and started playing with Ian Carr´s Nucleus. This lead to playing with many other established London based musicians including Ronnie Scott, John Taylor, Allan Holdsworth, Jim Mullen, Tim Whitehead and Bobby Wellins. International artists included Mose Allison, L. Shankar, Hank Crawford and David Fathead Newman and an appearance on BBC TV with Billy Cobham. Nic was a founder member of Loose Tubes alongside Django Bates, John Parricelli, Chris Batchelor, Mark Lockheart and Iain Ballamy.
By 1984 Nic had joined Working Week, toured Europe extensively and recorded 3 albums. In 1988/89 Nic had the great pleasure of playing drums and singing backing vocals with Bill Withers on two UK and European tours. From 1989-95 he played with Tanita Tikaram, involving several world tours and albums. From the mid 90´s he played with Antonio Forcione, Ian Shaw, Christie Hennessey and toured and recorded with Tim Garland´s Lammas. In 2001/2 Nic had the good fortune to play with David Gilmour with guests Kate Bush, Bob Geldof and Robert Wyatt, appearing on the David Gilmour Live DVD recorded at the Festival Hall, and played with Andy Sheppard, Nigel Kennedy and Barb Jungr over this period. Nic has been playing drums for Terry Callier since 2005. Nic currently plays with Mbawula a South African Township band, and Jazzinho a contemporary Brazilian band. In 2009 he played with the Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra, and also for the NDR Big Band and the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Nic teaches at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, Uppingham School and for the National Youth Jazz Collective courses and summer schools.