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Nigel Rolfe

From: IRL/UK

Active: 70s-

Style: Performance Artist



Video/Multi-media artist born in the Isle of Wight inbut based in Dublin since becoming visual arts director at the Project Arts Centre in 1974. He also lectured in the NCAD. At one point he was a member of Supply Demand and Curve. He is primarily known for live performances. He doesn't appear to have a webpage (he does now - see below) but google turns up lots of links.


• Island Stories
LP - Reekus Records - RK LP4 - IRL - 1986 - inner sleeve

Musicians appearing on the album include John Duffy (RX11/Tapes, Prophet 5, bass, tuba), Alanna O'Kelly (voice), Brian Masterson (bodhran), Rita Connolly (voice) and Joy Dunne (voice) There was also a book "Sculptures In Motion: Island Stories", published by the ICA, London, 1986.

• African Flower / PW Botha's Funeral March
7" - Reekus Records - RKS 0019 - IRL - 1986 - PS
12" - Reekus Records - RKST 0019 - IRL - 1986 - PS

Nigel Rolfe And The Mountain Men - Saturday Night Live
K7 - Cone Records - C002 - UK - 1987

Notes: Credits:
Keyboards - Nigel Rolfe Drum Programme - Nigel Rolfe / Steve Rainsford Trumpet (1st track) - Stuart Smyth Guitars (tracks 2+3) - Greg Boland All vocals from tape sampled on Akai S400 - Nigel Rolfe The backing tracks were recorded live close to the Edge's mobile on F1 digital stereo. Vocal, Solo And Overdubs Recorded And Mixed By John Grimes In Windmill Lane Studio 2.
Another Cone cassette with similar song titles appeared the same year with catalogue number C003. Presumably there is a Cone C001.

• Four Moments In History
K7 - Cone Records - C003 - UK - 1987

• various artists - Audio Arts Magazine Volume 8 Numbers 2 & 3
2xK7 - Audio Arts - none - UK - 1987

• various artists - Lament
CD - Real World Records - CDRW27 - UK - 1992
CD - Caroline Records - CAROL 2325-2 - USA - 1992

Notes: "A collection of beautiful and haunting Irish laments. All pieces are solo performances, recorded especially for this album, including Christy Moore (voice and bodhran), Davy Spillane (low whistle), Mícháel O'Súilleabháin (piano), and Derek Bell (harp). A powerful statement, where artists were asked to record their saddest air as a memory for the loss of innocent life in the Troubles."
Released on Peter Gabriel's Realworld label, this was produced by Brian Masterson (ex Supply Demand and Curve) and Nigel Rolfe. As far as I am aware it's his only production credit.


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External Links: African Flower" promo video, www.nigelrolfe.com

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