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Live Review: Charlie Simpson & Sam Beeton – Falmouth Princess Pavilion 5/4/12

I don’t usually change my mind where it comes to music or musicians.  I’m past the point in my life where I worry about what music I like and what other people’s opinion of it is.  So in a rare turn of events I gave one Charlie Simpson a second chance….and boy am I glad I did.  From being in the band that I will refer to as the ‘B’ word you’re usually never going to garner critical respect ever.  Charlie tried in Fightstar, but due to one moment at Boardmasters a good few years ago when he walked on stage with his arms out like a saviour, I again wrote him off as an egotistical dick, forever to be ignored henceforth.  Fast forward to last August when I rolled into the Beach Sessions at Boardmasters for Newton Faulkner, to see a young lad armed with a decent batch of tunes, lacking in confidence but likeable enough.  It was only after watching him for about 20 minutes that I realised he looked familiar.  I got my hands on a flyer for the gig and was amazed it was none other than Charlie Simpson…the lad who was to all intents and purposes musically dead to me.  Further respect was given on my part when I noted that he was playing The View stage the next day at the Boardmasters festival in Watergate Bay….fair play working his way up from the bottom, I like that.

Rather a poor decision but I still decided to pass on picking up his debut solo album ‘Young Pilgrim’, that is until I was kindly invited to cover his gig in Falmouth.  So I rectified this and I will happily hold my hands up and say that I was wrong about Charlie Simpson…..very wrong.  He’s obviously grown up a lot, the songs he has put together on Young Pilgrim smack maturity beyond his 24 years, I guess being in the music business since your early teens ages you a lot faster.

Enough waffling on to the show.  Kicking things off was a rather amiable chap by the name of Sam Beeton, by the time he hit the stage we’d already done an interview with him and were due to shoot an acoustic session (which is already live on the site) when the next band were on-stage.  A a solo performer with no back-up from a band it’s always a daunting prospect playing support slots, more for the fact that will anyone pay you any attention, as you can’t make huge amounts of noise just on your own.

Sam managed to win the crowd over very quickly.  His banter is whimsical and humourous, and luckily the most important part….his songs are great as well.  He really has that Bob Dylan air about him especially when he straps on the Harmonica!  It’s like if Bob Dylan could sing and was handsome he’d be Sam Beeton.

Other styles flow through as well, I get an early Jason Mraz vibe from him as well.  All too soon the slot is over and it’s off to peel Sam away from the veritable throng of young girls queueing up for a cd, picture, hug and a chat.  Finally we get going and due to the noise the only place to shoot happens to be the Disabled Toilet!

In doing this however I totally missed the set from Union Sound Set a band fronted by Charlie’s brother.

In the pit nice and early ahead of Charlie’s appearance I have a nosy at the set list and it’s well put together with the singles nicely interspersed with album tracks, b-sides and even a Jackson Browne cover thrown in for good measure.  Charlie hits the stage to a more high-pitched reception that I’m usually used to as the majority of the audience is of the female persuasion, luckily the panty throwing I anticipated pre-show doesn’t happen!

After having ‘Young Pilgrim’ on repeat for the two weeks leading up to the show, it’s nice to be at a gig where I’m familiar with the majority of the material for a change.   Kicking off with his second single ‘Parachutes’ the crowd are instantly singing the chorus back to him with gusto.  A good way to get everything going is followed up by ‘Suburbs’ and my fave ‘Thorns’….even though Charlie did stuff up the opening verse!

‘I Need A Friend Tonight’ followed, and while only an album track it’s still a corker, with great harmonies that the whole band lend their voices to at various points.

Having had a looksee at the set list I was fairly surprised to see ‘Down Down Down’ at this point in the set, for me it’s a banker for the encore….nobody seemed to mind however with the singing and clapping only getting louder with every song.  Charlie in perfect voice when he belts out the bridge of the song.  The change-up in this song is great, almost a country rhythm to it which looks a lot of fun to play as the whole band light up with smiles when they get to that part.

His third single ‘Cemetery’ followed a great performance of ‘Sundown’.  With only 2/3 of the set done and no more singles to fall back on it shows how confident Simpson must be in his album tracks to not need one for the encore.

The next song is a real treat for the Simpson hardcore amongst he audience as he plays a track off ‘When We Were Lions’ his Pledge-only EP which you can’t find for love nor money ‘If I Hide, Will You Come Looking?’

The upbeat ‘All At Once’ gets toes tapping in the auditorium, again the harmonies are particularly wonderful in this tune.  As the tracks on the album were all harmonised by Charlie himself, he’s done a great job in putting a band together who can all play their parts vocally as well as instrumentally.

The pace is slowed for the balladtastic ‘If I Lose’ before Charlie & Co.  sign off with current single ‘Farmer & His Gun’, with some nifty Harmonica work by back up singer Nick Warpole.  Charlie departed to a reception befitting his status as one of British music’s most prolific contributors over the past decade.

Returning to the stage with a Jackson Brown cover that features as a B-Side on his latest EP ‘Barricades Of Heaven’ it’s not hard to see why the comparison with one of his greatest influences has been made.  The final track is the epitome of saving the best until last ‘Riverbanks’ and as you can see in the video below they really leave it all onstage with this performance.

A cracking night, I managed to grab a few word with Charlie backstage after the show, he struck me as a very gracious guy and not the raving egotist I had him pegged as all these years.

Setlist:

Parachutes
Suburbs
Thorns
Need A Friend
Down Down Down
Sundown
Cemetery
If I Hide, Will You Come Looking?
Hold On
All At Once
If I Lose It
Farmer & His Gun

Encore:
Barricades of Heaven
Riverbanks

Sam Beeton Acoustic Session for Clean Slate Music

Exclusive Acoustic Session – Sam Beeton

I had a delightful evening in the company of Sam Beeton and his manager Patrick who was playing the Princess Pavilion in support of Charlie Simpson.  Along with being an amazing talent he’s also an incredibly nice guy.  At his suggestion we shot this impromptu session in the disabled toilet at the Princess Pavilion.  Special thanks go to Rusty Gray at vProject (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000025481215&sk=info#!/pages/vProject/209017369134582) for jumping on board and adding a second camera to the shoot.  Hopefully you’ll all enjoy the footage and the seamlessly edited video…..ahem!

The song is ‘Rain Down On You’ taken from Sam’s double album ‘Record Club Sessions’ chronicling his first year of his unique Record Club releases (more details to follow in an exclusive interview soon to be uploaded)

Check it out below:

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Competition: Win 2 Tickets to see Charlie Simpson in Falmouth on the 5th of April

As mentioned earlier we have 2 tickets to give away for the Charlie Simpson gig in Falmouth next week.  It’s at the Princess Pavilion on the 5th of April.  You will have to make your own way to and from the gig, no accommodation will be provided and I won’t buy you a beer!

If you win your name will be on the guestlist at the door, so just take some ID with you to prove you are who you say you are :)

To win just answer this ridiculously easy question:

Charlie Simpson’s debut solo album is called:
A) Young Pilgrim
B) I wish I was back in Busted
C) Die Busted Die!!!!!

Email your answer to musiccleanslate@gmail.com, Like the Facebook Page, Follow The Twitter page or subscribe on the website.  The winner will be notified on Friday 30th March.

If any of you get it wrong you need to have a word with yourself…..just saying!

Charlie Simpson live in Falmouth this April

Charlie Simpson Tour comes to Falmouth & Exeter next week

You may remember Charlie Simpson as one of the members of highly successful teen pop punk act Busted, or as fledgling post hardcore rocker in Fightstar……don’t hold any of that against him, he’s all grown up now and is out on the road touring his surprisingly good debut solo album ‘Young Pilgrim’.  It may be early days to call him a young troubadour, but Charlie is certainly demonstrating a talent in the acoustic arena.  His voice is very suited to this style of music and I will be one of the first to admit I might have been wrong about the lad.

He won me over last year without me even knowing who he was.  Last August as I rolled into the Fistral Beach Sessions for Boardmasters to see Newton Faulkner, there was a chap onstage with a very nice voice and a bunch of great tunes.  It was only later that I discovered it was one Charlie Simpson….gobsmacked.

So if you fancy giving a proper musician a second chance why not get yourself down to either Falmouth’s Princess Pavilion (Thurs 5th April) or Exeter Phoenix (Fri 6th April) where not only will you be regaled by young Charlie, there’s two fantastic support bands to boot.  Check out some videos below and I’ll see you there!

We will also be running a competition to win 2 tickets to Charlie’s Falmouth show so keep your eyes peeled for that one.

Charlie Simpson:

Union Sound Set:

Sam Beeton:

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Newton Faulkner, Charlie Simpson & Seth Lakeman play for FREE in Plymouth.

Music sensations Newton Faulkner, Charlie Simpson, Seth Lakeman and Ruarri Joseph are set to play for free to the good people of Plymouth as part of the America’s Cup World Series Fan Zone.

Plymouth Hoe will play host to the event which centres around the global boat races, but entertainment is laid on for free, and should not be missed.  Especially on race days.

The announced line up is as follows:

Saturday 10th September

11:00 The Base shops, food and beverage stands, and the Simulator open

12:00 Ska/reggae band Too Hot

14:00 Racing begins (time approximate and according to conditions)

18:00 Singer/songwriter Ruarri Joseph

20:00 Race Highlights & Athlete interviews from the stage

20:30 Singer Newton Faulkner

Sunday 11th September

11:00 The Base shops, food and beverage stands, and the Simulator open

12:00 Funk bank Freshly Squeezed

15:00 Racing begins (time approximate and according to conditions)

16:15 Britain’s Got Talent singer Michael Collins

17:30 Bluegrass band Out to Grass

19:00 Rambunctious Social Club DJ

20:00 Race Highlights & Athlete interviews from the stage

20:30 Rambunctious Social Club DJ

Monday 12th September – non-race day

11:00 The Base shops, food and beverage stands, and the Simulator open

19:30 Plymouth’s own Patrick James Person Band

Tuesday 13th September – non-race day

11:00 The Base shops, food and beverage stands, and the Simulator open

19:30 Willie and the Bandits

Wednesday 14th September

11:00 The Base shops, food and beverage stands, and the Simulator open

14:00 Racing begins (time approximate and according to conditions)

17:00 DJ Aldo Vanucci

18:00 VJ

18:30 Land of Giants

20:00 Race Highlights & Athlete interviews from the stage

20:45 Charlie Simpson

21:45 DJ Aldo Vanucci

Thursday 15th September

11:00 The Base shops, food and beverage stands, and the Simulator open

14:00 Racing begins (time approximate and according to conditions)

17:00 Louis Eliot and the Embers

Friday 16th September

11:00 The Base shops, food and beverage stands, and the Simulator open

13:00 Race Highlights from the previous day’s racing

14:00 Racing begins (time approximate and according to conditions)

17:45 BBC Southwest’s David FitzGerald

18:00 Plymouth’s own Becca Langsford

20:00 Race Highlights & Athlete interviews from the stage

20:30 Folk singer Seth Lakeman

Saturday 17th September

11:00 The Base shops, food and beverage stands, and the Simulator open

12:00 Swing and jive band Company B

14:00 Racing begins (time approximate and according to conditions)

17:15 Babyhead

18:00 VJ

20:00 Race Highlights & Athlete interviews from the stage

20:30 Matt Edmondson

Sunday 18th September

11:00 The Base shops, food and beverage stands, and the Simulator open

12:00 Swing band Co-operative Big Band

15:00 Racing begins (time approximate and according to conditions)

16:00 Ska and reggae band, The Simmertones

18:00 Shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends

19:00 Mad Dog Mcrea

20:00 Race Highlights & Athlete interviews from the stage