Nigel Burch – author’s biography

Nigel Burch (born 1954 in Braintree, Essex) is an east London songwriter, musician, poet, and graphic artist now based in the London Borough of Hackney.[1]

Musically covering the genres of punk, rock, folk, and anti-folk, Burch has collaborated with Kevin Coyne, John Cooper Clarke, Andrew Ranken (of The Pogues),[2] and had an ongoing pen pal relationship with Charles Bukowski, who described Burch’s writing as “the best cure for a hangover I ever lucked across.”[3] Burch’s current band, Nigel Burch and The Flea-Pit Orchestra, have released three CDs, and often play live in London. A Guardian review called his music “a cross between the music of Ian Dury, Brecht and Weill, an Irish pub band, and a 1950s skiffle group. The urban-alienation songs might be too explicitly crammed with messages for some, but plenty of fierce, spontaneous playing”.[4]

The group have toured internationally, with a significant following in Russia.[5] Burch’s self described “morbid drawings” are represented by The Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, have been shown in the UK, Austria, and Germany, and been published in a number of magazines.