Simple Simon for Complex People
Greg Simon has spent his whole life quietly raising, and then jumping, bars that he sets for himself -- whether it's writing the soundtrack for a prize-winning film at the New York Film Festival or writing a song that's becoming an unofficial anthem for the Peace Corps or being included as 'Best of Philadelphia Singer/Songwriters' by Fast Folk magazine. Greg Simon was born into a songwriting family. His father wrote songs for Nat King Cole, Brook Benton, Walter Mathau, among many others. When he wasn't sitting in on the sessions, he was being babysat by the likes of Sarah Vaughn. These early experiences left him completely comfortable with the songwriting process and help explain why Greg is one of the more well-respected songwriters in whatever acoustic music scene he joins whether it's Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago or Providence. Anne Hills has recorded versions of 'Politicos' and 'Angel in Paradise' on her 'Woman of a Calm Heart' CD. Susan Werner has recorded versions of Greg's song 'The Great Out There' on her CDs 'Midwestern Saturday Night' and 'Live at the Tin Angel.' He has also done a number of co-writes with Susan, including 'Like Bonsai' on her Time Between Trains CD. He is a songwriter's songwriter with his strong narrative voice, keen eye for detail and flawless sense of irony. Greg combines absurdist wit and devastating pathos in such fine balance as to weave irrevocably the whimsical with the profound into an ecstatic tapestry of song. He can alchemically transform a belly laugh into a tear and then back to a belly laugh before the audience realizes it's happening. Or Greg can transport the audience to a world it's always wanted to live in with people it's loved all it's life. He is currently touring in support of his latest CD, Simple Simon for Complex People (Permanent Records). He has had the honor of sharing the stage with Tom Chapin, John Flynn, Vance Gilbert, Jack Hardy, Kim and Reggie Harris, Anne Hills, Jennifer Kimbell, John McCutcheon, and Ilene Weiss, to name a few. He has performed at fine acoustic venues, including, among others, Catskill Folk Festival, Cherry Tree, First State Folk Festival, Gerdes Folk City, Mayfair Arts Festival, O'Friel's Irish Pub, Stone Soup.