Rev Simpkins – sinner-songwriter – performs a heady brew of bruising freak blues, string-snapping finger-picked folk, and sanctified psychedelia.  Now a priest in the Church of England, his preceding time as a professional musician saw him performing with underground mod band, FuzzFace, gospel-fiddle duo, Sons of Joy, and collaborating with the remaining members of the Small Faces to reconstruct the orchestral parts to their number one LP, Ogdens Nut Gone Flake

From 2008-2011 Rev Simpkins performed with his 9-piece freakbeat orchestra, the Phantom Notes at many curious venues ranging from Snape Maltings concert hall & Whitechapel Gallery to redundant churches, motorway flyovers, and village halls.  His madcap albums, Babbler & Crow, Lions and The Pelican Sketches are packed with off-kilter stories, dark jokes, allegories, parables, and brazenly reworked Bible tales delivered with the help of brass bands, church bells, string orchestras, pipe organs and crows.
 
“High octane stuff…unique musical style and literate words performed with energy and passion. He must be a gas live.” – fROOTS
“Deep, dark…makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up” Maverick Magazine
“raw, authentic and always riveting.” – Acoustic Magazine
“skewed blues and rot-gut jugband swagger…a heady mix.” – Rock ‘n’ Reel
“…he might just scoop a Mercury Prize”, East Anglian Daily Times
“Inspires a mixture of joy, confusion and awe in equal measure” Everything Folk
Lions – GRAPEVINE ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2009
Bradwell Festival is supported by Essex RAYNET