Although classically trained on violin and viola, Simon has spent much of the last 30 years or so playing drums and percussion.
A few years ago Simon started writing his own material.
His original material evokes the breadth of his musical knowledge, experience and influences. He has released his first album “Threads” that pulls together the songs he has recorded over the last few years and is in the process of writing his second album.
His latest album is a collaborative album with the virtual group “Chaka Chouka” and the album “Sharka”.
“Climate Carioca” is a samba inspired dance music track.
“Tabla solo for oriental/ belly dance” is a percussion track with versions of both wav and mp3 files.
You will typically find him playing as a backing or session musician but he has branched out into playing guitar, singing and song writing and is producing his own material.
Simon’s latest project has been writing the music for the “Chaka Chouka” album “Sharka” with Haji Mike, Bernard O’neill and Mouna Eddrou. which combines reggae, Moroccan music and funk. The album is now out and you can listen to it and purchase it here.
Simon wrote the music and recorded the drums, percussion, guitar, melodica and Mouna’s vocals in his studio in Meknès, Morocco during the first lockdown in 2020.
The album is a true reflection of the time it was created. Because of the lockdown, it was recorded in three different studios in three different countries. Dub poet Haji Mike’s socially engaged lyrics and Mouna’s spiritual, Sufi-inspired singing transport the listener to the hopes and fears of the time.
Chaka Chouka are delighted to be able to propose an Eccodek re-mix of their acoustic track “Sharka” by the Juno nominated musician and producer Andrew McPherson. This fantastic re-mix will be available for FREE when purchasing the whole Sharka album but you can listen to an extract here:
Simon will send you a copy of the re-mix as soon as you purchase the Chaka Chouka album. Be careful not to miss out!
Genre: pop, rock, funk with world music flavours!
The songs on this album were recorded at different intervals over the last few years both in Simon’s own studio and other studios. The album title reflects this as Simon wanted to pull together the various songwriting threads of the last few years.
He plays sings, plays drums, percussion and some guitar and keyboards on all the tracks. Anything else (especially lead guitar!) was played by session musicians.
HALESHLA: The EP
Genre: traditional Moroccan music (vocals and percussion).
“Haleshla” means “why not?” in Moroccan Arabic. This EP is a duo with Simon and Mouna playing the traditional Moroccan music they performed in France and the UK and that they still perform in their guesthouse in Meknès, Morocco. The tracks were recorded “live” ie. as when being played live on stage.
The songs are from the Aissawa, Gnaoua and M’helma sufi repertoire of Morocco, re-worked with a latin flavour.
A percentage of the purchases for this EP will be given to the association JTM “Jamain, Toit pour Moi” in Meknès, Morocco that provides much needed equipment for local schools. If you would like to make a donation to this association (outside of the “Haleshla” tracks), please make this clear when donating.
This is a percussion based dance music track recorded using Simon’s loops from his “Total Groove” loops project.
This is a tabla or darbouka or derbeke solo (same drum but with different names depending where you are in the Middle East or North Africa) for belly dance. It is ideal for practising the part of a show where the drummers and dancer synchronise percussion phrases and dance choreography. This track includes the classic rhythm changes and phrases typically found in a solo.
There is a wav file version and also a more “file space” telephone-friendly mp3 version.