Trio of Men

municipal song-makers

Trio of Men create music-based projects and performances...

Trio of Men are municipal song-makers, a band who lead music-based projects & performances in South Devon and beyond.  Their work together combines music with all-ages creative community involvement, projected imagery, humour and story.

As three musician/performers, they regularly sing in 7/8 time about the Victorian engineer Oliver Heaviside, perform their own songs about illness and neighbours, sing new adaptations from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs and write instant songs with festival goers (Womad, End of the Road, Cornbury). They are the house band for the FRANK Water charity.

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Hugh Nankivell

Keyboards, viola and vocals. Hugh is a curious composer/performer who wrote the music for the opening ceremony of Milton Keynes’s ‘Concrete Cows’ when he was a teenager and has not looked back since. He has composed large-scale pieces for Opera North, Dartmoor National Park, UNESCO, The National Theatre of Scotland (award winning!) and has led several Anglo-Japanese projects. He currently spends a lot of time with the under 4’s and the over 80‘s. His paternal grandmother was a cousin of Ivor Gurney, which probably accounts for the eccentric and compulsive song-writing.



Steve Sowden

Guitar, ukulele, vocals, electrics and editing - Steve writes/arranges music, sings every day and makes films. He has made a choral piece for 8 screens and 16 audio channels (the Philharmonia Orchestra's Universe of Sound), fronted bands (as an opening act for Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Television), directed/produced video/music for a 21st Century ‘Peepshow' box and is currently making his own zero-budget independent film: Mote's Pinch (which may never be finished).

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Ben Ballard

Percussion, cajon, ukulele, spoons and assorted oddments. Ben has been playing percussion and drums since he was 12. An incessant tapper and roving multi-instrumentalist, he has performed and provided workshops to thousands of people at places like Notting Hill Carnival, Womad Festival, Cornbury Festival, the London 2012 Olympic Festival and an after school club on a wet Wednesday night somewhere on outskirts of Plymouth. He still struggles to play songs in 7/8...