Nick was born in 1952 and began to play guitar at 13 years of age, and was heavily into The Beatles, as was virtually everyone else. He saw live concerts by Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, Jethro Tull, Family, Blind Faith, Gino Washington, The Incredible String Band, John Hiseman's Coliseum and King Crimson. He was introduced to the folk blues guitar playing of Bert Jansch & John Renbourne, together with Ralph McTell, whose style was technically more attainable.

Ever since the 60's his first preference has been for acoustic guitar and contemporary folk/roots music from Britain and America, and he has a giant catalogue of cover songs in this genre. This results in a wide and diverse repertoire played with deceptive ease by a highly accomplished guitarist.