Commanding comparisons to artists as diverse as Brett Anderson, Neil Finn and Paul McCartney, Chris Simmons will stop you in your tracks.
Having recently finished a European tour in support of Passenger, earlier this month he released his new EP ‘London Fields’ via The Orchard. To celebrate the release Chris played a sold-out homecoming show at St. Pauls, Worthing. He’s also just announced he’ll be supporting former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes on his forthcoming rescheduled UK dates (after Gaz broke his leg last week) in May (see below), along with several European headline shows.
Backed up by the direct support of heavy hitters like Chris Difford of Squeeze and the legendary Jackson Browne, Simmons is an artist who demands attention.
With a litany of British festivals – including Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight – under his belt, as well as desirable support slots, for Australia’s Matt Corby and the likes of Kate Nash, Suzanne Vega and Passenger, Simmons now has momentum well and truly behind him.
It wasn’t always so. After losing his beloved brother four years ago, writing became difficult, performing even more so. Chris decided to take a break and one day the words came. “I started writing again. Loads actually. I decided to hold off performing and just totally absorb myself in writing and recording. With the London Fields EP, I’ve recorded what I think is my best-ever material.”
Adding to the momentum that the Gaz Coombes shows and European Headline Dates bring, new music is set for release in January 2019.
Catch Chris Simmons Live in 2019:
21st Mar – Pooca, Hamburg (Headline)
22nd Mar – Lotte Lindenburg Studio, Frankfurt (Headline)
25th Mar – El Dorado, Zurich (Headline)
26th Mar – Zehner, Munich (Headline)
27th Mar – Blue Shell, Cologne (Headline)
27st May – St Paul’s Arts Centre Worthing (Supporting Gaz Coombes)
28th May – The Boileroom, Guildford (Supporting Gaz Coombes)
29th May – Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton (Supporting Gaz Coombes)
30th May – Cheese and Grain, Frome (Supporting Gaz Coombes)
Recently featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday – listen to EP track ‘The Boy Will Learn’ here.