Sugardrum is singer and multi-instrumentalist Nigel Bunner, who writes and performs acoustic stories.To date he has self-released 4 EPs, the two most recent receiving airplay at both BBC 6music and BBC South.
Sugardrum’s remarkable fingerpicking style and beautiful vocal harmonies have led to comparisons with Sufjan Stevens and Nick Drake. The acoustic backdrop is enriched with touches of electronica on synthesiser, drum machine and Rhodes & acoustic piano. All instruments on the record are played by Nigel, with the exception of the cello, bass and some of the backing vocals and percussion parts. He also creates the artwork, website and records & mixes the songs.
‘Postcards’ is Sugardrum’s debut album, a collection of storytelling songs drawn from Nigel’s experiences and imagination. Each song tells a tale, be it fantasy – a magical trail under the stairs offers a glimpse into a future self, the hidden words written on postcards on a wall, a cat who tries to break free from its natural instinct to eat everything that moves – or the joy of taking the day off to play in a snow covered landscape.
First single ‘Choccy Rolls’ is a heartfelt account of watching a loved one lose words and memories as they succumb to dementia, and is in part based on Nigel’s own experience within his family.
The album will be accompanied by a limited edition book of short stories, each one written by Nigel and based on a song from the album.
Sugardrum’s live set comprises of Nigel’s own songs along with a couple of covers. He closed his final set at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival with an unplugged personal take on ‘There is a Light’ by The Smiths.
Notable recent shows include several performances at the 2015 Edinburgh and 2014 Glastonbury festivals and a week long tour in Winter 2013 to promote the release of the ‘3 Penny Postcard’ EP.
Sugardrum has also played support slots for Martha Tilston, Union Sound Set, Rachel Sermanni and Carrie Tree.