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Nichol Robertson is an accomplished Toronto-based guitarist and banjoist, known for his numerous and eclectic musical endeavors. A typical day can find him teaching a dozen students in the morning, backing a singer-songwriter on acoustic guitar in the evening, playing an archtop in a classic country gig at night, and then pushing the limits of the electric guitar with an avant-garde group in the wee small hours. And the next morning, he’ll get up early to pick banjo at bluegrass brunch gig.
In his role as a sideman, Nichol shares the stage & studio with the likes of Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People, Laura Repo, Joanne Mackell, Scotty Campbell, “Colonel” Tom Parker, Dottie Cormier, Heather Morgan, Jadea Kelly, Hugh Oliver, Whitney Rose, The Houseplants, Patrick Brealey, The Woodchoppers, Victor Bateman, Fred Spek’s Camp Combo, Leon Knight and the Neon Lights, the Sudden Valley Boys, Ted Hawkins, Steve Ketchen, among many others. His own trio, Nichol Robertson and his Honkytonk/Boogaloo Boys, plays a unique blend of country, jazz, and boogie at venues all over Toronto.
On his debut recording, “Stranger Things”, Nichol has put together an album of classic and original instrumental songs that hearken back to the great country stylists of the 1960s. He is joined by a stellar band: Victor Bateman (string bass), Burke Carroll (pedal steel), Rob Fenton (dobro), Sly Juhas (drums), and The Ted Hawkins Singers (background vocals). “Stranger Things” takes the listener on a jaunty trip through bluegrass, jazz, country, Latin, and rock. The musicianship is top notch, the charts are fresh and innovative, and the experience is not to be missed.