Inspired by legendary blues and gospel guitarist, Rev. Gary Davis, Simon has been involved in the British blues scene since the ‘60s. With his playing partner of twelve years, Steve Rye (harmonica), he first came to prominence on an album recorded and released in 1968, Blues Like Showers of Rain. The successful triumvirate of Simon, Steve and pianist Bob Hall performed throughout the ‘70s as the ‘All Star Medicine Show’ – often with John Pilgrim on washboard. When Steve’s health declined, Kevin ‘Doc’ Stenson took over.
Simon also played occasionally with the late JoAnn Kelly and accompanied Sonny Terry when half of that legendary duo, Brownie McGhee, became ill. Simon has performed solo and with actress and singer Masha Vlassova and Alan Laws (harmonica)initially as part of the ‘Mobile Moaners’.
Simon also performed as part of the ‘City Ramblers Revival’ skiffle group with Hylda Sims, Kev ‘doc’ Stenson and others. Until her sad passing, Simon played in duos and a trio with Hylda and Kev.
Nowadays, Simon performs solo and as part of a duo with Kevin ‘Doc’ Stenson.
To find out more, do visit Simon’s website!