Hello, I'm Nicholas, but you can call me Nick or Old Ghost if you prefer—my grandma sure did. I've been involved in the world of music for over 20 years, focusing on songwriting, performing, and refining my skills as a solo artist. Originally hailing from the beautiful Wasatch Front region of Northern Utah, where I've been a gigging solo artist for over seven years, I'm now proud to call Boise, ID my home.
Creating a new song from scratch is a truly remarkable experience for me. It fills me with a sense of wonder and humility every time. Alongside my original compositions, I also enjoy putting my own spin on songs that have inspired me or brought me joy, offering my own unique perspective.
Old Ghost, a nickname that was originally given to me by my grandma when I was a baby, is a reminder of the special bond we shared, the musical spirit she instilled in me from an early age, as well as a love letter to the map of my life.
While I draw influence from various genres, soul music holds a special place in my heart. Its emotional depth resonates with me on a profound level, permeating my music no matter what genre I'm in for the moment.
I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your interest and support in my musical journey. Your kindness and appreciation fuel my motivation to keep exploring, connecting with audiences, and sharing my stories.
Thank you sincerely,
Monarch to host inaugural Bites, Brews & Tunes with new songs by Old Ghost
The Monarch Market is bringing the community together over local craft beer, great food and live music this Saturday with its debut Bites, Brews & Tunes featuring tasty bites from Utah’s Own and a special live performance by indie folk/rock artist Old Ghost.
Ogden-based musician, poet and singer/songwriter Nicholas Garn, also known as Old Ghost, will be playing an unplugged set of new songs including his newly released debut single “Shine on the Way,” written during the winter of 2020 and recorded, mixed and mastered entirely at his home.
Throughout the five-minute track, autobiographical lyrics expose a human moment of darkness, complemented with layered sounds — keys, synth, electric guitar, bass, drum rack — that create shifting moods, from loneliness to self-reflection, culminating in glimmers of hope.
“As so many too often find themselves, in the moment of writing ‘Shine on the Way’ I felt exceptionally afraid and alone. When I find myself in those spaces, I instinctively turn to a guitar and a notepad to try and sort it out,” Garn said.
The upcoming Monarch show is a release party for “Shine on the Way,” the song that stands as an “expansion marker” for Garn. “It’s definitely the first serious iteration of me stretching into a world of sound to which I had not previously had access. It’s bigger and heavier … and shinier,” he said. “A sort of love letter to the turning of a new chapter. ‘Either way, there’s a shine on the way…'”
Garn will be joined by two other local musicians, Sammi Plum and Jon Bentley. Next to the stage, a beer garden stocked with craft brews from Roosters Brewing Co. and UTOG will allow attendees to sit and listen to the music with a beverage while tasting delicious bites served up by Utah’s Own and food vendors Cheryls Bagels, Petra’s Backstubchen, Logos Coffee, Plant Kandy, Dawnita’s Doggy Delights, Salsitas Mendoza, Mountain Born Creamery, Banana Boy Bread and more.
The Monarch said they wanted “to create a fun space for families to be able to come on a Saturday morning to enjoy good vibes, eat some yummy bites, listen to music and let the adults have a cold beer.”
The food and music-focused markets, Bites, Brews & Tunes, will be a monthly event, every last Saturday, starting in January.