Ady Johnson & Rev Simpkins – POSTPONED

Ady Johnson & Rev Simpkins – POSTPONED
December 16, 2017 Allison Burke
In Events


Ady Johnson

Suffolk born, London based antique furniture restorer/musician Ady Johnson, had both livelihoods threatened after he severed two tendons in a finger with a chisel. Thankfully he made a full recovery. Having already had success with Colchester band FuzzFace and gaining an Honours Degree in classical guitar performance, Ady decided to down tools and focus on music. Ady’s first notable public performance was in 2010 after he busked outside 6Fest – BBC6 Music’s event to celebrate their successful national campaign against its closure. Ady was asked by the organisers to stand in for a band on the main bill after they cancelled. Metro ran the story ‘Busker bags festival after band cancel’ a few days later.  Ady has subsequently headlined many shows and supported a wealth of artists including Scott Matthews, Ben Howard and Willy Mason. Numerous festival appearances include Latitude festival, back on his home Suffolk turf.

“…an ebullient, life-affirming collection with a touch of kitchen-sink romanticism worthy of Ray Davies and a bluesy sound filtered through the uniquely English lens of skiffle” – Americana UK

“Johnson writes dynamic songs which range from heartfelt whispers to aggressive, soulful hollers! His distinctive vocals, deft guitar work and a sympathetic backing band make Johnson’s recent recordings sound like Graham Coxon’s Spinning Top colliding with Tom Waits’ Bone Machine”.  Grapevine

Rev Simpkins

Rev Simpkins – singer-songwriter – performs a heady brew of bruising freak blues, string-snapping finger-picked folk, and sanctified psychedelia.  Now a priest in the Church of England, his preceding time as a professional musician saw him performing with underground mod band, FuzzFace, gospel-fiddle duo, Sons of Joy, and collaborating with the remaining members of the Small Faces to reconstruct the orchestral parts to their number one LP, Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake. From 2008-2011 Rev Simpkins performed with his 9-piece freakbeat orchestra, the Phantom Notes at many curious venues ranging from Snape Maltings concert hall & Whitechapel Gallery to redundant churches, motorway flyovers, and village halls.  His madcap albums, Babbler & Crow, Lions and The Pelican Sketches are packed with off-kilter stories, dark jokes, allegories, parables, and brazenly reworked Bible tales delivered with the help of brass bands, church bells, string orchestras, pipe organs and crows.

“High octane stuff…unique musical style and literate words performed with energy and passion. He must be a gas live.” fROOTS

“raw, authentic and always riveting.” Acoustic Magazine

“…he might just scoop a Mercury Prize…”, East Anglian Daily Times

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