Dominic Kirwan comes to town…

…well Oswaldtwistle to be exact!  I was lucky enough to play lead guitar for him on his England tour.  Soon after this I have recorded some mandolin and guitar sessions for him so you will hear me on his forthcoming album.   I enjoyed working with Dominic and hope to work with him again in the future, he had this to say about me….

Simon was a consummate professional and I was extremely impressed that he doesn’t require chord charts.

You can find out more about Dominic on his website here.


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Colne Blues Festival

August bank holiday Monday was a wet and cold day up in Colne but the sounds and atmosphere around the town were far from that.  I had the pleasure of playing in a trio at The Venue that evening and despite following a pop cover band who had many fans and the place bouncing I feel we held our own and delivered a good set of blues and country rock to all who came.


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Introducing….Tilter Wheel

Tilter Wheel had their debut gig last night at the Fort San Antone venue situated in the seaside town of Lytham, Lancashire.  The band consists of myself (mandolin), Roo Walker (acoustic guitar), Jonny Hulme (banjo) and Ray Walmsley (double bass).  Our main style is bluegrass, but we play many other genres of music and can deliver a bluegrass twist on even contemporary songs.  At the Fort San Antone we had the audience line dancing to the likes of Blurred Lines whilst keeping the truest of country fans happy with the sounds of Faded Love.  It was a night to remember and I can’t wait for the next Tilter Wheel event!

I’ve never heard mandolin played like that before – Cowboy Joe, Fort San Antone regular

That was totally fresh and I loved every minute – Wayne Hadlow, Fort San Antone staff

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