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“Simon Scardanelli's solo performance was particularly memorable. Powerful melodies, an impeccable vocal performance, decent song structures and lyrics that are actually worth listening to. Perfect.” BBC Radio

Biography

The latest album THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE brings an epic sound to Scardanelli’s already larger than life vocal performances.

Simon Scardanelli released HOBOHEMIA (Resonator Records) in 2005, his first album after a silence of over 10 years. Scardanelli’s songs combine gritty realism with soaring melody and quirky English eccentricity. THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE was released nationally (UK) in June 2007

Simon is currently (November 2007) at work on a new album, recent acoustic demos for two of the album songs - "Song For A Soldier" and "In Honour" are featured here. A single (title top secret!) will be released in January 2008. Musicians featured on the new album include drummer Alex Thomas from Badly Drawn Boy, and bassist Jonny Miller, who played on That Dangerous Sparkle.

“Simon’s greatest asset is a fantastic singing voice, and he makes full use of its capabilities here. His performance on tracks such as “They Dance” bear comparison to the likes of Scott Walker.”
– Sam Inglis, Sound on Sound Magazine

Lyrics

Song For A Soldier

Written By: Simon Scardanelli

Song For A Soldier

Lays her head beside him
His perfect face in her hands
Teary words to a sleepy boy
She turns out the light
She cries through the night
That there is no world
Worth fighting, dying for.

In a bed of sand and fury
He lays his head down one last time
Drifting in and out of freedom
The boys go in
But the boys won’t sing
That there is no world
Worth fighting, dying for.

And the boys go in
But the boy won’t sing
That there is no world
Worth fighting, dying for.

Words and Music by Simon Scardanelli © 2007 Musica Scardanelli

In Honour

Written By: Simon Scardanelli

In Honour

In honour of so many songs that have been written about love
I won't try
to protest
or deny
that the best
is the song
that I wrote
just for you
besides if it's true
I'm amazed

it all seems remarkably plain when you look at these words
nothing grand
or obtuse
eloquent
what's the use?
when these words they just
simply belong
in one simple song
for you.

I could pretend that I'm a man of learning
a title to my name makes me look smart
I could pretend that I'm a man of letters
but really I'm just chasing your heart

In honour of so many songs that have been written about love
I won't try
to protest
or deny
that the best
is the song
that I wrote
just for you
besides if it's true
I'm amazed

Words and Music by Simon Scardanelli © 2007 Musica Scardanelli

Discography

THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE (2007) Resonator Records
HOBOHEMIA (2005) Resonator Records
The Eye Camera (1994) Red Line MusicWorks
Fun, Faith & Fairplay (Big Bam Boo, 1989) MCA

Set List

Fish Out of Water, (HOBOHEMIA)
Haven't Got The Time (Fun, Faith & Fairplay)
Uncommon Times (HOBOHEMIA)
Song For A Soldier
Why? (HOBOHEMIA)
In Honour
Fire For You (HOBOHEMIA)
My Punishment (HOBOHEMIA)
A Town Called Iron Strike (HOBOHEMIA)
The Valentines (THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE)
Take Your Hand Away (THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE)
Let There Be A Place (THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE)
When You're Lying (THAT DANGEROUS SPARKLE)
If You Could See Me Now (HOBOHEMIA/Fun, Faith & Fairplay)
The Ballad of Genevieve (HOBOHEMIA)

Prefer to do one set of 45-60 minutes. Can do two sets of 35-45 minutes each if required.