John Brindle – Maverick Magazine
His songs were personal, melancholic, and sometimes quite dark.
‘I Think I Was Misled’ was lovely, and the emotionally charged ‘Demons’ was extremely moving.”
Bristol Evening Post
Hailing from the North East of England, Simon Todd is gifted with a powerful voice with a considerable range. He has, over the years, honed his song-writing into a craft, placing equal importance on lyrics, melody and chord structure.
“Sitting by the pool in such a beautiful location”, said Simon; “singing ‘True Love Ways’, whilst being accompanied by Buddy Holly’s guitarist, is something that will stay with me forever”.
The experience inspired Todd, who returned home to attack his work with a renewed vigor, ultimately resulting in his debut solo CD release ‘Contracts For The Sale Of Land’ in 2009.
Whilst predominantly writing on his own, there have been collaborations with the likes of Karine Polwart, Findlay Napier, Ali Ingle, Tom Bem, Rosie Bell, Dave Fenley, Kellys Collins, and Pete Sallis.
In addition, Simon has also been involved with song-writing retreats organised by the likes as Squeeze’s Chris Difford, and has rubbed shoulders with such luminaries as Boo Hewerdine, Darden Smith, and Duke Special. He has performed on both sides of the Atlantic (UK-wide, Texas & Nashville).
Previously a regular contributor at the once annual “Heroes & Scarecrows”, Alan Hull (Lindisfarne) celebration night, he toured the UK in 2012 with multi-award winning Texan singer-songwriter, Dave Fenley.
Simon’s songs are guaranteed to get your foot tapping, your mind thinking, or your ears wondering why they haven’t heard him before, and how soon they can do so again.
‘Half Empty / Half Full’, a new album, produced by Boo Hewerdine, ably assisted by Chris Pepper, is scheduled for release in September. This is a collection of songs based upon the concept of considering a wide variety of situations from alternative perceptions. There are songs of redemption, regret, the futility of The Great War, mental illness, the environment, love and heartache.
Visit the Music page for details of how to obtain a copy of this, and the debut solo CD, ‘Contracts For The Sale Of Land’.