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OXFD 2010 AD

by Geoff Simpson

American folkish singer-guitarist & his jazz-influenced bass and mandolin playing brother join multi-faceted rock drummer to interpret an array of songs written while living in Oxford, England.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Teach Transgressors (feat. EJ Simpson, Miikey Dean-Smith, Katie Munro & Oli Whitworth)
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2. Barren Soul (Feat. Miikey Dean-Smith & EJ Simpson)
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3. Never Let You Go (feat. EJ Simpson, Miikey Dean-Smith & Katie Munro)
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4. What Is That To Me (feat. EJ Simpson & Miikey Dean-Smith)
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5. Gatwick (feat. EJ Simpson & Miikey Dean-Smith)
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6. As If It Didnt Matter (feat. EJ Simpson & Miikey Dean-Smith)
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7. The Poverty of Illness or the Luxury of Health (feat. EJ Simpson, Miikey Dean-Smith & Oli Whitworth)
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8. New Song (feat. EJ Simpson & Katie Munro)
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9. Lie To Me (feat. EJ Simpson, Miikey Dean-Smith & Kyle Levesque)
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10. Miserere
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Growing up listening to my parents folk, classical, jazz and rock-and-roll interests, I couldn't help but try to find my own musical voice. At the age of 8, I was handed an acoustic guitar and a song book of popular and folk tunes with chords. I strummed along to Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and to various songs covered by the Grateful Dead.

I started writing songs at age 15, and about that time discovered the faith driven folk-rock song writing of early John Michael Talbot, Larry Norman, and eventually, Mark Heard and Bruce Cockburn. Increasingly influenced by the writing of C.S.Lewis about beauty and truth and authenticity in art, I wanted to write songs which expressed what I saw, heard, felt, experienced and desired. With my younger brother giving music a full-time investment, I was inspired to use my private song-playing and group-leading background as a springboard for playing in public.

I moved to Oxford, England for a couple of years of work and study. I used that as my opportunity to jump into in the open mic scene there. My original and cover contributions fit right in to what many others were doing on that circuit. I received enough positive feedback for what I was doing to spend an average of 2 nights a week playing, listening, getting to know people, and enjoying some great ales. Song writing was not a top priority, put in fits and spurts, it continued to happen in the midst of other things.

Before moving back to the states, I was determined to document what I had written in my time over there. With the help of a local sound engineer (Oli Whitworth), my brother (EJ) via song-sharing files from Philadelphia, and an Australian transplant drummer (Miikey Dean-Smith) - with the few extra pounds I had managed to put away - I pulled together this project. It was recorded in a garage studio in Oxford in June and July, but it took me 6 months to get the cover art together to finish the project (O.X.F.D. 2010 A.D.).

I am still playing at least once a week, but am missing my friends and time in the City of Dreaming Spires.

Here is some stuff I posted on myspace to identify myself.

About me: Raised in Kansas, schooled in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, worked in central Virginia, lived in Oxford, England, now back in the Philadelphia area; plays a Martin D-42, a Rockbridge 000 guitar, and an American Acoustech.

Influences include: (by album, autobiographically) Peter, Paul and Mommy - PP&M; Let It Be - Beatles; Harvest - Neil Young; Sweet Baby James - James Taylor; Ladies of the Canyon - Joni Mitchell; Deja Vu - CSNY; Uncle Charlie and his Dog Teddy - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Blessed Are - Joan Baez; The Band - The Band; 6 and 12 String Guitar - Leo Kottke; Workingman's Dead - Grateful Dead; Little Feat - Little Feat; Brothers and Sisters - Allman Brothers; The Thing at the Nursery Window - Peter Lang; Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan; Moondance - Van Morrison; The Painter - John Michael and Terry Talbot; No Reason to Cry - Eric Clapton; Deep Purple - Deep Purple; Benefit - Jethro Tull; Please to See the King - Steeleye Span; Sir John Alot... - John Renbourn; Solomon's Seal - Pentangle; Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws - Bruce Cockburn; Friday Night in San Francisco (Live) - Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, Paco DeLucia; Shoot out the Lights - Richard Thompson; How the Night-time sings - Brooks Williams; Second Hand - Mark Heard; Chase the Buffalo - Pierce Pettis; white - Maggi, Pierce and EJ; Mermaid Avenue - Billy Bragg & Wilco; On the Boulevard - Newgrass Revival; Soul Dogfood - Blue Dogs; Me and My Guitar - Tony Rice; Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers - Solas; Ollabelle - Ollabelle

Sounds like: that guy in the apartment upstairs who plays and sings at any hour of the day or night despite of the fact that he knows how poorly insulated the floors and ceilings are in the building.

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