Byron Bay Bluesfest

Take 5 with Simon from the Strumbellas. Discover The Soundtrack To His Life!

24 October 2016

Simon from The Strumbellas takes 5 minutes to share with us some of the songs and artists that have shaped his life including a song from one of the Bluesfest headliners in 2017 – Neil Young!

What is the one song that reminds you of growing up and why?

Bruce Springsteen ‘I’m Goin’ Down’. My dad was a lawyer and he traded his services for a sports car and we used to drive around country roads blasting that song.


What is the song that gets you on the dance floor everytime?

At home – my kids are obsessed with Fitz and the Tantrums ‘I Can Make Your Hands Clap’ so I’ve danced to that song 78 times in the last month.



 What is the song/s that’s always busted out when no one is around - why?

Celine Dion ‘The Power of Love’. It reminds me of my grade 8 girlfriend and so whenever I listen to it, it takes me back to when I was a kid.



What is the song/s on high rotation in your car at the moment?

This is going to sound opportunistic, but I really actually am on a Silverchair kick right now. I listen in awe at how 16 year old kids can create such a masterpiece of a record with Frog Stomp.



What was your wedding song (or what would it be)?

Bruce Cockburn – ‘One Day I’ll Walk’.



Your favourite song/s to cover at the moment?

I don’t cover songs because I can never remember the lyrics. But if I did cover a song, it would be ‘Old Man’ by Neil Young.



If you could sing a duet with anyone dead or alive who would it be and what would be the song?

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with Freddy Mercury. I would take the high parts (wink, wink).



Your all time Blues hero is….why?

Robert Johnson because the mystery behind him selling his soul to the devil is one of the most fascinating stories in music.



The Strumbellas perform at Bluesfest 2017 on opening night and Good Friday and play the Northcote Social Club on 16th April and Oxford Arts Factory on 17th April – get all the info here


The Strumbellas – Spotify Playlist!

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