John Brindle – Maverick Magazine
“Simon Todd, who started off proceedings, has a strong voice with a slight vibrato and at times sounded a little like Gordon Lightfoot.
His songs were personal, melancholy and sometimes quite dark.
I Think I Was Misled was lovely and the emotionally charged Demons was extremely moving.”
Bristol Evening Post
The son of a pianist and arranger, Simon wrote and performed songs from an early age.
Self-taught on guitar and piano, he has formed, lead, and performed with, a number of bands in the North East region, including being a founder member of the once-renowned outfit ‘Morgan Le Fay’.
Gifted with a powerful voice and a considerable range, Simon has, over the years, honed his song-writing into a craft, placing equal importance on lyrics, melody and chord structure. In June 2008, Simon spent a week in Crete with Nashville recording artist and producer, Kevin Montgomery, at ‘Songs In The Sun’. Also in attendance were ex Brooks and Dunn drummer Dale Dorman, and the legendary Tommy Allsup – one-time Buddy Holly and Bob Wills Texas Playboys guitarist, and the man who flipped the coin with Ritchie Valens for a seat on the plane that took Valens, Buddy and The Big Bopper from us on “the day the music died”.
In addition, he has also been involved with song-writing workshops organised by Squeeze’s Chris Difford, has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Boo Hewerdine, and has performed on both sides of the Atlantic (UK-wide, Texas & Nashville). Simon has previously been a regular contributor at the once annual “Heroes & Scarecrows”, Alan Hull (Lindisfarne) celebration night, and 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.