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Simon Stephenson

Music

Overview

  • Solo guitarist
  • Wide repertoire of music from classical, jazz, pop and traditional folk
  • Performs as solo as standard and can add a saxophonist

Location

Simon is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and is happy to travel for events.

Standard Set Times

  • 2 x 45 minute sets with a break or 3 x 40 minute sets with breaks

About this Act

Simon Stephenson is a professional guitarist who specialises in solo steel string acoustic guitar. His arrangements are full of virtuosity and flare and he has a huge repertoire of material from present day popular tunes to classical as well as folk and traditional.

Simon can tailor his set and arrange any repertoire that the client would like to be played.

Testimonial

"Recently Simon Stephenson played at a dinner for distinguished guests at our home. Although he was booked to give a short performance, he was required to do background music on the evening due to some change in the programme. This he did with excellent skill at exactly the right volume without intruding into the conversation, yet most watchable at the same time. We thought that he coped with the change of plans brilliantly.

I have also seen him perform in a small folk music group before, where he impressed with his sensitive yet passionate solo play as well as his ability to accompany the other instruments and voice.

I would not hesitate to recommend him for both these kinds of performances: for entertaining background music and (especially) for a solo guitar performance or in a group."

Tobia Brink,

Newcastle University

Set List

Blue Moon - Richard Rogers are T Emmanuel
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Greensleeves - Anon
Wonderfull Tonight - Eric Clapton
Fly me to the Moon/All the things you are - Bart Howard/Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II
Mr Sandman - Pat Ballard
The Claw - Jerry Reed
Misty - Erroll Garner
With a little help from my friends - Lennon and McCartney
Ain't Misbehavin'/Paper Moon - Thomas "Fats" Waller/Harold Arlen
All of Me - Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks
Si Beg Si Mor - Turlough O'Carolan
Original Rags - Scott Joplin
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Yesterday - Lennon and McCartney
Imagine - Lennon and McCartney
Cavatina - Stanley Myers
Mystery Train - Elvis
Don't stop Believin - Journey
Manha de Carnival – Louis Bonfa
Cry me a River – Arthur Hamilton
Just the two of us – Bill Withers
Irish Medley (Trad) – Reels
Irish Medley (Trad) – Jigs
Isn’t she lovely - Stevie Wonder
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing – Duke Ellington
Caravan – Duke Ellington
Don’t think twice it alright – Bob Dylan
Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
Thriller – Michael Jackson
A little bit of blues – Jerry Reed
Anthropology – Charlie Parker
The handbags and the gladrags – Mike d’Abo covered by Rod Stewart
Tears dry on their own – Amy Winehouse
Ain’t no mountain high enough – Marvin Gaye
God bless the child – Billie Holliday
Always on my Mind – Brenda Lee
Angels – Robbie Williams
We are the champions – Queen
Anything Goes – Cole Porter
As time goes by – Herman Hupfield
Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma
Bernie’s Tune – Bernie Miller
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
Can you feel the love tonight – Elton John/Tim Rice
Don’t know why – Norah Jones
Every breath you take – The Police
Fix you – Coldplay
A Foggy Day – George Gershwin
Georgia on my Mind – Hoagy Carmichael
The Girl from Ipanema – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
Hotel California – The Eagles
I heard it through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
I want you back – The Jackson 5
Jitterbug Waltz – Fats Waller
Just the way you are – Billy Joel
Killing me softly with his song – Roberta Flack
The Midnight Hour – Wilson Picket
Layla – Eric Clapton
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
Lets Stay Together – Al Green
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
I’m not the only one – Sam Smith
Stay with me – Sam Smith
Come away with me – Norah Jones
Will you still love me tomorrow – Gerry Goffin/Carole King
Someone like you – Adele
Take the ‘A’ Train – Billy Strayhorn
Take Another Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin
All by Myself – Irving Berlin

Lineup

  • Solo Acoustic Guitarist
  • Guitarist and Saxophone Duo

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