Inspired by legendary blues and gospel guitarist, Rev. Gary Davis, Simon has been involved in the British blues scene since the ‘60s. With his playing partner of twelve years, Steve Rye (harmonica), he first came to prominence on an album recorded and released in 1968, Blues Like Showers of Rain. The successful triumvirate of Simon, Steve and pianist Bob Hall performed throughout the ‘70s as the ‘All Star Medicine Show’ – frequently with John Pilgrim on washboard. When Steve’s health declined, Kevin ‘Doc’ Stenson took over.
Simon also played occasionally with the late JoAnn Kelly and accompanied Sonny Terry when half of that legendary duo, Brownie McGhee, became ill. Simon has performed solo and with actress and singer Masha Vlassova initially as part of the ‘Mobile Moaners’ which also included Alan Laws (harmonica).
Nowadays, Simon performs solo, as part of a duo with Kevin ‘Doc’ Stenson, a trio with the addition of Hylda Sims and sometimes a skiffle group (City Ramblers revival) with the addition of George Bridges on bass and various washboard players. He also occasionally performs in duos with Rob Mason and with Alan Glen – both outstanding harmonica players.
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