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Simon Townshend + The Standard Lamps

8.00PM - 11.00PM

We're thrilled to announce Simon Townshend has put together a world class band for a special Independent Venue Week show at The Half Moon Putney on Friday 29 January 2016
Joining Simon on stage will be Mark Brzezicki (drums), Phil Spalding (bass) and Tony Lowe (guitar) with support from The Standard Lamps.

*Simon Townshend*
Whether playing solo acoustic or with his band, Simon Townshend forges an instant connection with his audience. Simon’s enthusiasm and passion for performing and sharing his music is undeniable.

A prolific artist and performer, Simon Townshend continues to write, create and perform his unique and charismatic work as well as provide support to some of rock music’s ultimate legends.

Simon is straight from the lineage of one of British music’s most famous families, a familiar name but with an original sound. The son of England’s top big‐band reed man and younger brother of Who legend Pete Townshend, Simon has been recording and performing since the age of nine, when he was recruited to add vocals to The Who classic Tommy.

In addition to his own music, Simon has been guitarist and vocalist in The Who since 1996, playing sold out tours around the world, including monumental performances at the 2010 Super Bowl and the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. He was referred to by one U.S. newspaper as The Who’s “secret weapon.”

*Mark Brzezicki*
Mark Brzezicki's drumming CV is one of the most impressive we know!
Primarily known for his work with Big Country, and was a member of the groups The Cult, Ultravox, From The Jam and Procol Harum. He has also played with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Midge Ure, Fish, The Pretenders, Nik Kershaw and many others. In 2004, Simon Townshend formed the band, Casbah Club, with Bruce Foxton and Brzezicki so their history goes back a few years! Brzezicki is currently drumming in the reformed Thunderclap Newman line up. He was drummer of From The Jam from 2009 until 2013 alongside original The Jam member Bruce Foxton. In 2013, he quit to rejoin Big Country.

*Phil Spalding*
Phil Spalding has played bass and appeared with performing artists such as Mick Jagger, Seal, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Elton John, Randy Crawford, Bernie Tormé, Original Mirrors, Toyah and Mike Oldfield. More recently he has appeared on albums by Michel Polnareff, Suggs, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue and recorded all bass tracks on the Lion King soundtrack studio album! In February 2012 he joined Simon's band for the 'Secret Weapon' UK tour in support of the album 'Looking Out, Looking In'.

*Tony Lowe*
As a guitarist, as well as Simon Townshend, Tony has played with Julian Lennon, Pet Shop Boys, Roger Daltrey, Toyah Willcox and many more.
Since 1985 Tony has arranged, played on, and produced over 180 albums working with many different artists, producers and labels. His production credits include Simon Townshend, Robert Fripp/David Cross , Chris Gray, Bram Stoker, Alison Fleming, Yumi Hara Cawkwell, Gari Glaysher, John Foxx, Toyah Willcox – Pat Orchard – Poppy Gonzalez – Jose Charles – VVV – Flying Colours – Dean Johnson – Rukiza Okera.

*The Standard Lamps*

THE STANDARD LAMPS are a three piece band from East Sussex/Kent. Their music can be described as a mixture of melodic tunes with a raw blues edge, are tipped to be the breakthrough act of 2015, with a critics choice nomination for the Britt Awards.

The Standard Lamps are:

Mike Wilton: Guitar, Vocals
James Livett: Bass
Matt Bennie: Drums
What the critics say -

'The Lamps' as they are fondly known by their fans, recently received critical acclaim whilst supporting THE WHO on their WHO HITS 50 Tour (November/December 2014.)


Independent Venue Week is a 7 day celebration of small music venues around the UK and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in this country and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.