Simon Fowler has announced he will be playing an intimate gig, showcasing his newly released folk album Merrymouth, with his backing band at the Rodewald Suite in the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on Monday 23rd April 2012. Tickets are priced £15 and available from the Philharmonic box office.
Best known as lead vocalist and guitarist with Britpoppers Ocean Colour Scene, Simon Fowler has also provided backing vocals for ‘Modfather’ Paul Weller and folk artist Kate Rusby.
Ocean Colour Scene are one of the most successful bands to have come out of the Britpop explosion of the mid-nineties, famously knocking Oasis’ Be Here Now off the UK Album Chart top spot with 1997 record Marchin’ Already. Popular hits include The Day We Caught The Train and TFI Friday intro track The Riverboat Song.
Simon has been working with Pledge Music to release his new album, Merrymouth, which is released later this month features the award winning folk musicians, John McCusker and Andy Cutting.
Pledge Music is an online direct-to-fan and fan-funded music platform, launched in August 2009, that facilitates musicians (artists) reaching out to their fan-base (termed pledgers) to financially contribute to upcoming recordings or other musical projects.
Simon and his band Dan Sealey, Mike McNamara & Adam Barry will be doing a handful of dates in April to support the album. Whist Ocean Colour Scene take most of the 2012 off to concentrate on writing material for a new album Simon Fowler has taken the opportunity to release his long awaited folk album.
“Ocean Colour Scene has been busy with shows lately, but over the last year, I’ve penned some personal material of my own. This doesn’t mean the end of the band at all, in fact we’ll be back with an extensive Ocean Colour Scene tour at the end of the year, however I just fancied releasing some music of mine own for a change to see what you all thought.
“I will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from the campaign to Strummerville, the Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music for the amazing work they do helping the next generation of aspiring young musicians” says Simon.
ALBUM RELEASE DATE: Download via PledgeMusic on the March 25th - CD purchasers will be receiving it around that same date. The conventional release has been set for the March 26th when the album will be available in the shops and on iTunes.
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