Welcome to Nymphs & Thugs
We are an independent spoken word record label established in 2015. Based between Leeds and London, our aim is to provide vital and accessible spoken word content at the heart of the UK’s thriving scene.
As well as digital albums, we’ve produce CDs, vinyl, zines, t-shirts, pin badges, tote bags and limited edition prints. We also produce national spoken word tours and regular #LIVEwire events around the UK.
Our social media feeds showcase grassroots spoken word talent from around the world, and our Twitter feed provides news, articles, media content, UK events and more.
The Nymphs & Thugs journey so far…
The label became public in the autumn of 2015, with a double release for Louise Fazackerley. Her ‘Bird St.‘ and ‘Love Is A Battlefield‘ albums are now available as part of a 2CD ‘Council House Poetry‘ album. These were followed by Matt Abbott’s ‘Skint & Demoralised‘ album.
2016 saw Toria Garbutt‘s debut album ‘Hot Plastic Moon‘ released after a successful crowd-funding campaign, as well as the quarterly ‘SOAPBOX‘ zine. In the autumn, N&T signed the iconic Salena Godden.
Salena Godden’s ‘LIVEwire‘ was released in spring 2017, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award. The album came out on 2LP gatefold vinyl, CD and zine, and was supported by a UK tour.
A fifth artist was signed in spring 2018, with the co-release of ‘Experience Essential‘ by Kevin P. Gilday & The Glasgow Cross, in partnership with Iffy Folk Records. The album is available on vinyl and CD.
2019 saw us sign a sixth artist to our label, with poetry powerhouse Luke Wright releasing his ‘Twenty‘ album on 2LP gatefold vinyl and download, to mark two decades of performing poetry on stage. The album is out now.
In summer 2019, we announced our biggest series of ‘LIVEwire’ events to date, taking place from September 2019 to April 2020. These included regional dates in Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Colchester, plus a Leeds residency and a return to Byline Festival.
In April 2020, we celebrated our fifth birthday. With the UK on lock-down, we hosted an online gig, which saw all of our artists share a bill for the first time. You can watch it back in full below.
We also released Matt Abbott’s ‘A Life of Wearing White EP’ over two parts in April and Salena Godden’s ‘The Lockdown EP’ in May.