The Starlite-Campbell Band

New album and live shows imminent!

The Starlite-Campbell Band - New album and live shows imminent! - by Simon Campbell

Starlite and I have been writing songs together for three years. The first, 'Do You Want Me' appeared on my second solo record, 'The Knife' and some are being recorded right now for our debut joint album 'The Coat', which is scheduled for release in spring 2016. Next week, we are off to to play two shows in the UK; The Ramsbottom Festival and The Convent, Stroud. If you can't make it in person, don't fret: 'The Convent' performance will be available in broadcast quality online!

Ramsbottom Festival

Even though I was born in the Manchester suburb of Ratcliffe, I consider Ramsbottom, Lancashire my home town and we will be returning to play Ramsbottom Festival on Sunday September 20th around 1330.


It's a fantastic family oriented event and we are very excited! Camping is available and you can buy tickets online.

The Convent

On Friday September 25th, we are playing one of the best live venues in the UK, The Convent...


The building has been converted into a wonderful hotel set in 22 acres of gardens, woodlands and orchards: the live space is set in the old chapel, which is fitted with an amazing sound and lighting system.

What is totally unique is that the show is simultaneously broadcast online, in HD quality, via Netgig.

Tickets are available to purchase now for the physical concert (£15.00) and online broadcast (£4.99).

Joining Suzy and I are the enigmatic Christian Madden (of the Earlies and Jimi Goodwin) on keyboards and the wonderful Danilo Argenti on drums.

The Coat

Since moving to Valencia we have set up a vintage recording facility in our home. Although primarily put together to record our own projects, Supertone Records is available for commercial hire for 16 weeks per year.

It has been a great process writing together and we have come up with an album of just six tracks.

We are bored with disposable music being created and consumed as individual tracks. So, this record is about creating songs pieces of music connected together, just like it used to be.

This record has a more 'electric' feel than The Knife but with a good slug of acoustic guitars and mandolin. Along with our traditional instrumentation, we are using real strings, local birds & crickets, mellotron and the fabulous Estivella Brass Band. We love it...

Starlite and I share the lead vocals and many pieces, such as 'Hey Girl' (which we will be playing live at the shows next week), feature tight harmonies and is being recorded in mono.

'Hello' which consumes one side of the record (yes, we are releasing it on vinyl) is in five movements :)

The title track is The Coat, written for her mother Margaret, who developed early onset Alzheimer's and subsequently passed away.

It's a simple and direct piece featuring Suzy on vocals and piano, me on bass (oh shit) and Danilo on drums.

You told me you were leaving; I asked you if you wanted your coat, or are you going to leave it behind.

You didn’t give a reason, you didn’t say a word; you just kept staring at your coat.

Won’t you tell me something to make me feel alright; won’t you give me something to take the edge off the bite.

Your clothes felt unfamiliar; you looked the same but everything had changed – and it wasn’t the light.

Won’t you tell me something to make me feel alright; won’t you give me something to take the edge off the bite.

'Cos I don’t know where you go; what you need or do you know my name. I don’t want to let you go, let you feel like you’re alone. You are my life!

I love to watch you sleeping; so beautiful, warmed by the sunlight...

Won’t you tell me something to make me feel alright; won’t you give me something to take the edge off the bite.

And finally...

We look forward to seeing you at the concerts, online or if you are passing, drop in for a beer at the studio.

Leaving you with a poinient and exceptionally eloquent thought from the late, great Tony Benn.

Love to you all...

If we can find the money to kill people; we can find the money to help people.


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