Half Moon presents:
+ Conor Coughlan
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
Simon Townshend, known as a touring guitarist with The Who for twenty years, is a performer with his own voice, sound and songs!
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.
Simon’s music has its own original sound and his song writing plunders great depths and returns with unique compelling narratives set against haunting melodies. Simon has a strong loyal fan base which includes a number of fellow musicians such as Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), who has followed Simon since his 1983 release ‘I Am The Answer’.
Simon, a multi-instrumentalist and singer, has released 8 acclaimed solo albums and one with the band Casbah Club (featuring Bruce Foxton/The Jam & Mark Brzezicki/Big Country).
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.
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.”
OTHER BAND MEMBERS
(Phil Spalding Bass, Ben Townshend Drums, Mike Wilton Guitar)
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'. http://www.philspalding.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Phil-Spalding-215026271965783
Mike Wilton Mike Wilton is best known as the frontman and song writer in The Standard Lamps. Mike's guitar style draws heavily from Pete Townshend, Wilko Johnson and early Eric Clapton. The Standard Lamps have played regularly at Clubs, Concert Halls, Festivals and Arenas (Opening for The Who on their Uk tour) in both 2015 and 2017. The band have also appeared alongside Johnny Marr, The Kaiser Chiefs and The Who in Hyde Park 2016. Mike also plays for Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), Tom Williams and David Mumford.
Conor Coughlan is a 21 year old British singer-songwriter. Though he was born in Essex, he grew up from the age of 12 in small town Saskatoon, Canada (home of Joni Mitchell). He has a story to tell and a sound of his own.
It was at the age of 9 when Conor begged his father to him to teach him how to play the guitar and after only a few months of playing and writing songs. In late 2008 the Coughlan family emigrated to Saskatoon, Canada. It was there that Conor's musical journey would really begin. At the age of 14 Conor decided to start a band and began performing in the local bars in his city and eventually in prestigious venues on the west coast of the USA.
By 2014 Conor had ventured over to Los Angeles, and while there, stumbled upon Fantasy Studios. Studio managers Jeffrey Wood, recongnising Conor’s talent, offered to record and produce an album of Conor’s songs. And so by November 2014, at age 18, Conor was recording his debut album 'Give It Up'. Many great musicians played on the album, including Dawn Richardson and Paul Olguin (regular players with Tracy Chapman) but it's the soul and passion of Conor's singular voice that shines through on his startling debut. Conor then spent 2 years touring throughout the UK, USA and Canada to promote his debut album. Following this, and back in the States, he continued to tour where he was billed with artists such as Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Zane Carney (John Mayer's guitarist) and Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October. Now 21, Conor returned to the UK in January 2017, where he has signed to Lisa Climie Management. He is currently working on a second album and is looking forward to playing at venues across the UK.