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Charlie Simpson, Union sound set and Sam Beeton. 6/04/12 Exeter Phoenix.
Since 5pm a steadily growing group has been gathering outside The Phoenix. The jittering and fidgeting that is rippling through the assembly could be attributed to the large amount of empty coffee cups scattered around the place but the more likely reason is anticipation of tonight’s man of the moment- Charlie Simpson.
This fanbase is certainly committed and dressed in stylish festival-wear; hair decorated with flowers and in one case, dressed head to toe in a full on, white rabbit suit- an outfit choice that would probably go over the heads of anyone not familiar with Simpson’s latest single.
As the fans rush to get the best place in the venue, Nottingham songwriter Sam Beeton takes the stage and manages to captivate with just a guitar, harmonica and startling vocals. Sam is the first to remind us that Exeter is the last stop on the ‘Pilgrimage’ tour 2012 and as potential unemployment beckons him, he assures us that he is a good plumber. There seems to be a comfort between Sam and the audience, a feat that, surprisingly, his charming and awkward chit chat achieves. Song-wise ‘Lie low lie’ proves to be an instantly likeable tune much alike the charming ‘Good natured child’ and ‘Rain down on you’ all featuring on his innovative ‘Record Club’, a rather different approach to releasing music that sees Sam sharing music on CD with his fans monthly. 
‘Union sound set’ follow, fronted by Charlie’s brother Edd Simpson. Charlie has made a habit out of having his brothers support his shows. Whatever the reason for this; brotherly love, a cheaper wage rate or a ‘sharing his toys’ sentiment, it is a decision that pays off and the talented Simpson family always bring something new. This particular band reinvented themselves from ‘Prego’ and do a good job of announcing their presence. Union Sound Set are as interesting visually as they are in sound, Disregarding the typical guitar, bass and drums set up, it seems tonight, like a competition to see how many musicians you can fit on a stage as the eight men playing instruments including a xylophone, a double bass as well as a bass guitar are left almost as cosy as the crowd, even more so as Charlie joins the ranks of musicians with a guitar to sing a track from the debut album ‘Start/Stop,’ that he features on. The song brings a clue to how excited the audience is to see the main act tonight, mobile phones and cameras appear instantly and screams erupt from around the room as the crowd get their first glimpse of Charlie Simpson, albeit quite an obscured one under a baseball cap and baggy hoody. As Union Sound set finish up, toilet trips are run like marathons and the pros and cons of venturing to the bar are weighed up and the now thoroughly warmed up auditorium waits.
It isn’t unusual at live music events for an act to prompt the audience to sing a part of the song by stepping away from the microphone and holding a hand up to an ear. It is unusual however, for the response to be actual singing and not just yelling. Fans seem to cherish Charlie’s lyrics and melodies and as the final hour of the pilgrimage tour gets underway they are singing every single one. ‘Parachutes’ opens the set and is greeted by as much emotion as it hands out. All but two songs come from the massively successful album ‘Young Pilgrim’- Although not a début studio album for Simpson’s career, it is the first for this reinvention. Simpson has an amazing ability to seamlessly jump genres successfully, a hurdle that has been fallen at by many artists previously. Other than Parachutes, clear winners in the room are ‘Cemetery’ ‘Down, Down, Down’ and ‘Farmer and his Gun’, the latter, the most recently released single, tonight temporarily impaired by Charlie’s giggling upon noticing the giant rabbit at the back of the room. Other than fluffy animals, the array of fans in the room is strangely obvious; at the front are the committed group that spent their afternoon drinking coffee and waiting outside the venue, just behind them, in the middle of the room stand the embracing couples- a Charlie Simpson gig may just be the perfect date. At the back of the room are the more unlikely fans, several groups of young men happily drinking and enjoying the music. It is a testament to Simpson that he can attract such a diverse range of fans. As the encore is concluded with ‘Riverbanks’, the final track on ‘Young Pilgrim’, parents wait outside in the cold and the room engages in one last beautiful sing-along. 
Imogen Bird
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Charlie Simpson, Union sound set and Sam Beeton. 6/04/12 Exeter Phoenix.
Since 5pm a steadily growing group has been gathering outside The Phoenix. The jittering and fidgeting that is rippling through the assembly could be attributed to the large amount of empty coffee cups scattered around the place but the more likely reason is anticipation of tonight’s man of the moment- Charlie Simpson.
This fanbase is certainly committed and dressed in stylish festival-wear; hair decorated with flowers and in one case, dressed head to toe in a full on, white rabbit suit- an outfit choice that would probably go over the heads of anyone not familiar with Simpson’s latest single.
As the fans rush to get the best place in the venue, Nottingham songwriter Sam Beeton takes the stage and manages to captivate with just a guitar, harmonica and startling vocals. Sam is the first to remind us that Exeter is the last stop on the ‘Pilgrimage’ tour 2012 and as potential unemployment beckons him, he assures us that he is a good plumber. There seems to be a comfort between Sam and the audience, a feat that, surprisingly, his charming and awkward chit chat achieves. Song-wise ‘Lie low lie’ proves to be an instantly likeable tune much alike the charming ‘Good natured child’ and ‘Rain down on you’ all featuring on his innovative ‘Record Club’, a rather different approach to releasing music that sees Sam sharing music on CD with his fans monthly. 
‘Union sound set’ follow, fronted by Charlie’s brother Edd Simpson. Charlie has made a habit out of having his brothers support his shows. Whatever the reason for this; brotherly love, a cheaper wage rate or a ‘sharing his toys’ sentiment, it is a decision that pays off and the talented Simpson family always bring something new. This particular band reinvented themselves from ‘Prego’ and do a good job of announcing their presence. Union Sound Set are as interesting visually as they are in sound, Disregarding the typical guitar, bass and drums set up, it seems tonight, like a competition to see how many musicians you can fit on a stage as the eight men playing instruments including a xylophone, a double bass as well as a bass guitar are left almost as cosy as the crowd, even more so as Charlie joins the ranks of musicians with a guitar to sing a track from the debut album ‘Start/Stop,’ that he features on. The song brings a clue to how excited the audience is to see the main act tonight, mobile phones and cameras appear instantly and screams erupt from around the room as the crowd get their first glimpse of Charlie Simpson, albeit quite an obscured one under a baseball cap and baggy hoody. As Union Sound set finish up, toilet trips are run like marathons and the pros and cons of venturing to the bar are weighed up and the now thoroughly warmed up auditorium waits.
It isn’t unusual at live music events for an act to prompt the audience to sing a part of the song by stepping away from the microphone and holding a hand up to an ear. It is unusual however, for the response to be actual singing and not just yelling. Fans seem to cherish Charlie’s lyrics and melodies and as the final hour of the pilgrimage tour gets underway they are singing every single one. ‘Parachutes’ opens the set and is greeted by as much emotion as it hands out. All but two songs come from the massively successful album ‘Young Pilgrim’- Although not a début studio album for Simpson’s career, it is the first for this reinvention. Simpson has an amazing ability to seamlessly jump genres successfully, a hurdle that has been fallen at by many artists previously. Other than Parachutes, clear winners in the room are ‘Cemetery’ ‘Down, Down, Down’ and ‘Farmer and his Gun’, the latter, the most recently released single, tonight temporarily impaired by Charlie’s giggling upon noticing the giant rabbit at the back of the room. Other than fluffy animals, the array of fans in the room is strangely obvious; at the front are the committed group that spent their afternoon drinking coffee and waiting outside the venue, just behind them, in the middle of the room stand the embracing couples- a Charlie Simpson gig may just be the perfect date. At the back of the room are the more unlikely fans, several groups of young men happily drinking and enjoying the music. It is a testament to Simpson that he can attract such a diverse range of fans. As the encore is concluded with ‘Riverbanks’, the final track on ‘Young Pilgrim’, parents wait outside in the cold and the room engages in one last beautiful sing-along. 
Imogen Bird
Zoom Info
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Nikon D60
ISO
800
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/50th
Focal Length
35mm
Charlie Simpson, Union sound set and Sam Beeton. 6/04/12 Exeter Phoenix.
Since 5pm a steadily growing group has been gathering outside The Phoenix. The jittering and fidgeting that is rippling through the assembly could be attributed to the large amount of empty coffee cups scattered around the place but the more likely reason is anticipation of tonight’s man of the moment- Charlie Simpson.
This fanbase is certainly committed and dressed in stylish festival-wear; hair decorated with flowers and in one case, dressed head to toe in a full on, white rabbit suit- an outfit choice that would probably go over the heads of anyone not familiar with Simpson’s latest single.
As the fans rush to get the best place in the venue, Nottingham songwriter Sam Beeton takes the stage and manages to captivate with just a guitar, harmonica and startling vocals. Sam is the first to remind us that Exeter is the last stop on the ‘Pilgrimage’ tour 2012 and as potential unemployment beckons him, he assures us that he is a good plumber. There seems to be a comfort between Sam and the audience, a feat that, surprisingly, his charming and awkward chit chat achieves. Song-wise ‘Lie low lie’ proves to be an instantly likeable tune much alike the charming ‘Good natured child’ and ‘Rain down on you’ all featuring on his innovative ‘Record Club’, a rather different approach to releasing music that sees Sam sharing music on CD with his fans monthly. 
‘Union sound set’ follow, fronted by Charlie’s brother Edd Simpson. Charlie has made a habit out of having his brothers support his shows. Whatever the reason for this; brotherly love, a cheaper wage rate or a ‘sharing his toys’ sentiment, it is a decision that pays off and the talented Simpson family always bring something new. This particular band reinvented themselves from ‘Prego’ and do a good job of announcing their presence. Union Sound Set are as interesting visually as they are in sound, Disregarding the typical guitar, bass and drums set up, it seems tonight, like a competition to see how many musicians you can fit on a stage as the eight men playing instruments including a xylophone, a double bass as well as a bass guitar are left almost as cosy as the crowd, even more so as Charlie joins the ranks of musicians with a guitar to sing a track from the debut album ‘Start/Stop,’ that he features on. The song brings a clue to how excited the audience is to see the main act tonight, mobile phones and cameras appear instantly and screams erupt from around the room as the crowd get their first glimpse of Charlie Simpson, albeit quite an obscured one under a baseball cap and baggy hoody. As Union Sound set finish up, toilet trips are run like marathons and the pros and cons of venturing to the bar are weighed up and the now thoroughly warmed up auditorium waits.
It isn’t unusual at live music events for an act to prompt the audience to sing a part of the song by stepping away from the microphone and holding a hand up to an ear. It is unusual however, for the response to be actual singing and not just yelling. Fans seem to cherish Charlie’s lyrics and melodies and as the final hour of the pilgrimage tour gets underway they are singing every single one. ‘Parachutes’ opens the set and is greeted by as much emotion as it hands out. All but two songs come from the massively successful album ‘Young Pilgrim’- Although not a début studio album for Simpson’s career, it is the first for this reinvention. Simpson has an amazing ability to seamlessly jump genres successfully, a hurdle that has been fallen at by many artists previously. Other than Parachutes, clear winners in the room are ‘Cemetery’ ‘Down, Down, Down’ and ‘Farmer and his Gun’, the latter, the most recently released single, tonight temporarily impaired by Charlie’s giggling upon noticing the giant rabbit at the back of the room. Other than fluffy animals, the array of fans in the room is strangely obvious; at the front are the committed group that spent their afternoon drinking coffee and waiting outside the venue, just behind them, in the middle of the room stand the embracing couples- a Charlie Simpson gig may just be the perfect date. At the back of the room are the more unlikely fans, several groups of young men happily drinking and enjoying the music. It is a testament to Simpson that he can attract such a diverse range of fans. As the encore is concluded with ‘Riverbanks’, the final track on ‘Young Pilgrim’, parents wait outside in the cold and the room engages in one last beautiful sing-along. 
Imogen Bird
Zoom Info
Camera
Nikon D60
ISO
800
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/50th
Focal Length
35mm
Charlie Simpson, Union sound set and Sam Beeton. 6/04/12 Exeter Phoenix.
Since 5pm a steadily growing group has been gathering outside The Phoenix. The jittering and fidgeting that is rippling through the assembly could be attributed to the large amount of empty coffee cups scattered around the place but the more likely reason is anticipation of tonight’s man of the moment- Charlie Simpson.
This fanbase is certainly committed and dressed in stylish festival-wear; hair decorated with flowers and in one case, dressed head to toe in a full on, white rabbit suit- an outfit choice that would probably go over the heads of anyone not familiar with Simpson’s latest single.
As the fans rush to get the best place in the venue, Nottingham songwriter Sam Beeton takes the stage and manages to captivate with just a guitar, harmonica and startling vocals. Sam is the first to remind us that Exeter is the last stop on the ‘Pilgrimage’ tour 2012 and as potential unemployment beckons him, he assures us that he is a good plumber. There seems to be a comfort between Sam and the audience, a feat that, surprisingly, his charming and awkward chit chat achieves. Song-wise ‘Lie low lie’ proves to be an instantly likeable tune much alike the charming ‘Good natured child’ and ‘Rain down on you’ all featuring on his innovative ‘Record Club’, a rather different approach to releasing music that sees Sam sharing music on CD with his fans monthly. 
‘Union sound set’ follow, fronted by Charlie’s brother Edd Simpson. Charlie has made a habit out of having his brothers support his shows. Whatever the reason for this; brotherly love, a cheaper wage rate or a ‘sharing his toys’ sentiment, it is a decision that pays off and the talented Simpson family always bring something new. This particular band reinvented themselves from ‘Prego’ and do a good job of announcing their presence. Union Sound Set are as interesting visually as they are in sound, Disregarding the typical guitar, bass and drums set up, it seems tonight, like a competition to see how many musicians you can fit on a stage as the eight men playing instruments including a xylophone, a double bass as well as a bass guitar are left almost as cosy as the crowd, even more so as Charlie joins the ranks of musicians with a guitar to sing a track from the debut album ‘Start/Stop,’ that he features on. The song brings a clue to how excited the audience is to see the main act tonight, mobile phones and cameras appear instantly and screams erupt from around the room as the crowd get their first glimpse of Charlie Simpson, albeit quite an obscured one under a baseball cap and baggy hoody. As Union Sound set finish up, toilet trips are run like marathons and the pros and cons of venturing to the bar are weighed up and the now thoroughly warmed up auditorium waits.
It isn’t unusual at live music events for an act to prompt the audience to sing a part of the song by stepping away from the microphone and holding a hand up to an ear. It is unusual however, for the response to be actual singing and not just yelling. Fans seem to cherish Charlie’s lyrics and melodies and as the final hour of the pilgrimage tour gets underway they are singing every single one. ‘Parachutes’ opens the set and is greeted by as much emotion as it hands out. All but two songs come from the massively successful album ‘Young Pilgrim’- Although not a début studio album for Simpson’s career, it is the first for this reinvention. Simpson has an amazing ability to seamlessly jump genres successfully, a hurdle that has been fallen at by many artists previously. Other than Parachutes, clear winners in the room are ‘Cemetery’ ‘Down, Down, Down’ and ‘Farmer and his Gun’, the latter, the most recently released single, tonight temporarily impaired by Charlie’s giggling upon noticing the giant rabbit at the back of the room. Other than fluffy animals, the array of fans in the room is strangely obvious; at the front are the committed group that spent their afternoon drinking coffee and waiting outside the venue, just behind them, in the middle of the room stand the embracing couples- a Charlie Simpson gig may just be the perfect date. At the back of the room are the more unlikely fans, several groups of young men happily drinking and enjoying the music. It is a testament to Simpson that he can attract such a diverse range of fans. As the encore is concluded with ‘Riverbanks’, the final track on ‘Young Pilgrim’, parents wait outside in the cold and the room engages in one last beautiful sing-along. 
Imogen Bird
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Camera
Nikon D60
ISO
800
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/15th
Focal Length
35mm

Charlie Simpson, Union sound set and Sam Beeton. 6/04/12 Exeter Phoenix.

Since 5pm a steadily growing group has been gathering outside The Phoenix. The jittering and fidgeting that is rippling through the assembly could be attributed to the large amount of empty coffee cups scattered around the place but the more likely reason is anticipation of tonight’s man of the moment- Charlie Simpson.

This fanbase is certainly committed and dressed in stylish festival-wear; hair decorated with flowers and in one case, dressed head to toe in a full on, white rabbit suit- an outfit choice that would probably go over the heads of anyone not familiar with Simpson’s latest single.

As the fans rush to get the best place in the venue, Nottingham songwriter Sam Beeton takes the stage and manages to captivate with just a guitar, harmonica and startling vocals. Sam is the first to remind us that Exeter is the last stop on the ‘Pilgrimage’ tour 2012 and as potential unemployment beckons him, he assures us that he is a good plumber. There seems to be a comfort between Sam and the audience, a feat that, surprisingly, his charming and awkward chit chat achieves. Song-wise ‘Lie low lie’ proves to be an instantly likeable tune much alike the charming ‘Good natured child’ and ‘Rain down on you’ all featuring on his innovative ‘Record Club’, a rather different approach to releasing music that sees Sam sharing music on CD with his fans monthly. 

‘Union sound set’ follow, fronted by Charlie’s brother Edd Simpson. Charlie has made a habit out of having his brothers support his shows. Whatever the reason for this; brotherly love, a cheaper wage rate or a ‘sharing his toys’ sentiment, it is a decision that pays off and the talented Simpson family always bring something new. This particular band reinvented themselves from ‘Prego’ and do a good job of announcing their presence. Union Sound Set are as interesting visually as they are in sound, Disregarding the typical guitar, bass and drums set up, it seems tonight, like a competition to see how many musicians you can fit on a stage as the eight men playing instruments including a xylophone, a double bass as well as a bass guitar are left almost as cosy as the crowd, even more so as Charlie joins the ranks of musicians with a guitar to sing a track from the debut album ‘Start/Stop,’ that he features on. The song brings a clue to how excited the audience is to see the main act tonight, mobile phones and cameras appear instantly and screams erupt from around the room as the crowd get their first glimpse of Charlie Simpson, albeit quite an obscured one under a baseball cap and baggy hoody. As Union Sound set finish up, toilet trips are run like marathons and the pros and cons of venturing to the bar are weighed up and the now thoroughly warmed up auditorium waits.

It isn’t unusual at live music events for an act to prompt the audience to sing a part of the song by stepping away from the microphone and holding a hand up to an ear. It is unusual however, for the response to be actual singing and not just yelling. Fans seem to cherish Charlie’s lyrics and melodies and as the final hour of the pilgrimage tour gets underway they are singing every single one. ‘Parachutes’ opens the set and is greeted by as much emotion as it hands out. All but two songs come from the massively successful album ‘Young Pilgrim’- Although not a début studio album for Simpson’s career, it is the first for this reinvention. Simpson has an amazing ability to seamlessly jump genres successfully, a hurdle that has been fallen at by many artists previously. Other than Parachutes, clear winners in the room are ‘Cemetery’ ‘Down, Down, Down’ and ‘Farmer and his Gun’, the latter, the most recently released single, tonight temporarily impaired by Charlie’s giggling upon noticing the giant rabbit at the back of the room. Other than fluffy animals, the array of fans in the room is strangely obvious; at the front are the committed group that spent their afternoon drinking coffee and waiting outside the venue, just behind them, in the middle of the room stand the embracing couples- a Charlie Simpson gig may just be the perfect date. At the back of the room are the more unlikely fans, several groups of young men happily drinking and enjoying the music. It is a testament to Simpson that he can attract such a diverse range of fans. As the encore is concluded with ‘Riverbanks’, the final track on ‘Young Pilgrim’, parents wait outside in the cold and the room engages in one last beautiful sing-along. 

Imogen Bird

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