Rev Simpkins

Rev Simpkins

29th September 2020

This gig is for a standing audience

Sinner-songwriter, poet-priest, and freak-folk Father, Rev Simpkins performs a heady brew of bruising freak blues, string-snapping finger-picked folk, and sanctified psychedelia. He returns with Big Sea, his first solo album for 11 years.

Written around a time of illness, Big Sea is an exuberant celebration of the peaks and troughs of life and death through vivid songs about east coast creeks, shattering storms, mystic pelicans and the Colchester martyrs. Now a priest in the Church of England, his musical career saw him performing with underground band FuzzFace, gospel-fiddle duo Sons of Joy, and collaborating with the remaining members of the Small Faces to reconstruct their LP Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.

Shades of Beefheart, Nick Drake, the Kinks, and pre-war blues blend into an irresistibly energetic and original concoction.

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

“Deep, dark...makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up” Maverick Magazine, "raw, authentic and always riveting." Acoustic Magazine

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

Tickets £8 / £7 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm.

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