Simon Barron and Rosalind Brady are two singer-songwriters possessed of beautiful and distinctive singing voices. Their songwriting is lyrical, thoughtful and powerful, and at recent gigs they have captivated audiences with their arresting and poetic blend of writing, singing and musicianship.
While their sound is fresh and original, it draws proudly on the great tradition of Brtitish songwriting that includes such luminaries as Richard and Linda Thompson, John and Beverley Martyn, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Roy Harper, Vashti Bunyan and Sandy Denny. Fans of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Carole King will also warm immediately to their sound. While these influences can be heard in both their writing and performance, Simon and Rosalind will certainly appeal to the same audience who have taken to their hearts the new generation of songwriters and performers such as Kathryn Williams, Kate Rusby and Cara Dillon, or even Ron Sexsmith and David Gray.
Between festivals and club gigs throughout 2002, Simon and Ros have been working away on their debut album, Somewhen, and it's a real gem. Recorded almost entirely live without overdubs in a small studio with only a couple of microphones, it successfully captures the beautiful simplicity and unadorned magic of their live performances, while the production skills of Head (who recorded Kathryn Williams' Mercury Award-nominated Little Black Numbers album) make it a delicious and satisfying listening experience on CD.
"really lovely...very gentle and beautiful music" - Bob Harris, Radio 2