We’re delighted and excited to be able to announce that our support act for our Christmas gig this year is the very lovely Mara Simpson.
Having almost completed her European tour – including Kaltern Pop Festival, alongside Bear’s Den and The Slow Show – British songwriter and independent artist, Mara Simpson will be giving a very special performance supporting us at All Saints Church, Brighton on 17th December 2016, raising money for Sussex Nightstop.
Mara has captivated audiences around the world with her soulful melodies, rich lyricism, unassuming charm and wicked laugh. Quoted by New Zealand Musician Magazine as ‘Soulful, sincere, warm, rich and intimate. The songwriting is stunning.’
London born to a Kenyan family, Mara has spent periods of time in Wellington (New Zealand) and Berlin. Her songs reflect her eclectic background and draw the listener close into these worlds.
Her most recent album, ‘Our Good Sides’, was recorded and produced by Tim Bidwell (producer of Kate Walsh and FINK) and features guest vocals from Olly Knights of Turin Brakes, Ben Ottewell of Gomez, and cousin, Courtney Simpson. Created in Clockwork Owl Studios – also Tim’s living room – the album was woven into being with old compressors, vintage microphones, and many cups of Yorkshire tea. Every song is real, warm, and sung from the heart.
You can listen to Mara’s music on Spotify here
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“Big, soulful vocals play out over a blend of folk and blues, while she uses her unique background to inspire her songs.” For Folks Sake
“Rooted in a tradition of superior blues and folk, the track simmers with baleful attitude without ever overdoing it, Simpson‘s rich, sonorous vocal poised with ease atop a swelling, dauntless instrumental.” Get Into This
“Simpson’s vocals and compositional style are reminiscent to Marianne Faithful, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman. You could even say she’s similar to a modern day, contemporary, female Leonard Cohen. I am a die hard Leonard Cohen fan so I realise this is a big claim to make. (The album is) a lilting compilation that ebbs and flows through a range of emotions and scenarios carrying the heart print of Simpson throughout.” Goodbammsho
“By the end we are chanting along to the chorus “We all feel – the same way – you cannot divide us – we are holding on,” which makes us feel free and empowered. Pretty impressive for just over three minutes.” Pancakes and Whiskey
“Simpson’s captivating voice pays respects to a sincere form of music, arguably fitting amongst sirens such as Nora Jones and Annie Lennox.” The Music Manuel