Rev Simpkins

Rev Simpkins

1st February 2022

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This gig is for a standing audience

Colchester’s legendary sinner-songwriter returns to headline the Arts Centre for the first time in over a decade. Accompanied by his Phantom Brass Band, this is the first time tracks from Rev’s acclaimed album Big Sea will be unleashed in their full live glory.

Selected as one of Louder Than War’s best albums of 2020, Big Sea was written around a time of illness. The album 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. Shades of Nick Drake, the Kinks, Pavement, and pre-war blues and gospel blend into an irresistibly energetic, hopeful and original concoction.

Now a priest in the Church of England, The Rev’s 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.

‘spine tingling…imagine Tom Waits collaborating with the early Captain Beefheart on a set of folk-psych songs’ Vive le Rock (9/10)

‘dark but sublime…often breathtaking’ RnR (★★★★★)


BENJAMIN BROWN (Dingus Khan, SuperGlu)

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

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