Neil Simpson is a bass player, composer, producer and arranger. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, at the age of four Neil was given a plastic toy guitar featuring a picture of The Beatles. Here the downward spiral began. At twelve he took up the bass guitar and did his first professional gig two years later in a working men's club in Willenhall, the home of Rock and Roll. Some of his earliest musical influences were Paul McCartney and The Who's John Entwistle, to be followed later by Jazz Rock pioneers Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius. One of the first records he bought was in fact The Move's "Fire Brigade". (His Mum has still got it!)
Artists Neil has worked with over the years include Roy Wood (The Move, ELO, Wizzard), John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Ruby Turner, Tony Christie, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Stan Webb's Chicken Shack, John O'Leary, Keith Thompson and Climax Blues Band. Neil joined Climax in 1991 and is still a current member. Neil has been playing with Roy Wood since 1999, and is also working on a solo project between bouts of beer drinking and curry eating. Neil plays 4, 5, 6, 7 and 12 string, acoustic, electric upright, piccolo, fretted and fretless basses, and needless to say spends all his spare time restringing his instruments.
Far too many to mention here, however... Allan Holdsworth, Barry Gray, James Jamerson (Motown), Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorious, Alice in Wonderland, Roy Wood, John Paul Jones, Lennon and McCartney, Withnail and I, Mum and Dad, Joe Osbourne, Max Bennett, Bart Simpson (family), Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Staffordshire Police (!), John Entwistle, Spider-Man, Bootsy, Larry Graham, Joe Zawinul, Ralph Towner, Alan Hudson, Frank Zappa and all the talented musicians he has ever worked with.
"...bassist Neil Simpson does a line in grooves to rival Bootsy Collins" — Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
"...magical fretless bass solo" — Neil Leacy, Wind and Wire
"Simpson's fretless bass work contributed the finest solos of the night, with a rich, singing tone" —
"...a breathtaking solo from bassist Neil Simpson" — Slovenia Bluesnews Magazine