Simon Scardanelli
“A spine-tingling listen”
Maverick Magazine

"Inspiring, entertaining, creative, attention grabbing, unforgettable, a true professional musician, songwriter, performer & vocalist.
Played our small venue as intimately as it is possible to do, but equally as rewarding in a theatre or arena arena. Digitally he is amazing, live he is mind blowing."
Rob Henry, Real Music Club, Willington, Derbyshire.”


“...a beguiling range of powerful sonorities and richly textured vocal styles.”
Michael Ward

Maverick singer-songwriter Simon Scardanelli's 4th solo album, Make Us Happy released 4th March 2016, sees a return to his roots with a ramshackle ensemble of accordions, fiddle, cajon, clarinet, soprano sax, guitars, mandolin and turkish cumbus in eclectic and unusual arrangements perfectly suited to his quirky original songwriting. From a song describing the perilous journey of a migrant, to the intimate confessions of a well-used dagger, think Squeeze in an Egyptian souk, 3 Daft Monkeys on steroids, or Beirut.

The 2014 EP - Three Dances With Sam included “We’ll Go Home” which was featured on the cover CD of Maverick Magazine’s September/October 2014 issue, with a quarter page display ad in the Magazine.

Singer and guitarist Simon Scardanelli enjoyed chart success in the late eighties with Anglo-Canadian duo Big Bam Boo, scoring a top 40 hit in the USA & Canada in March 1989 with Shooting From My Heart, prompting the duo to re-locate to New York from London. Following the break-up of Big Bam Boo in 1991 Scardanelli remained in New York, turned his back on the popular music scene and scraped a living in the underbelly of New York’s Lower East Side - including a stint working as a liquor runner at the legendary Save The Robots after-hours club. His brooding solo album Death Row Tales (1994) bears testament to the dark & dangerous lifestyle he was living on 4th St & Ave D - Alphabet City.

Death Row Tales has since become a cult album after it was discovered that the CGI programmers of The Matrix films were caning it during long rendering sessions.

Returning to the UK in 1995 Scardanelli stopped performing to become a mature student, completing a BA in 20th Century Music at Sussex University in 1998, and a PhD in Composition (awarded 2010) at Birmingham University.


A mini-album, Bed of Nails, came in 2002 and the album Hobohemia followed in 2005, coinciding with his return to live performances after an eleven year absence. That Dangerous Sparkle was released in 2007 and firmly established Simon’s reputation as an innovative and inventive songwriter.

In 2011 Scardanelli formed DR SCARDO, a four piece alt rock band. The debut album Dark Dog Days was released on Resonator Records in June 2013. Further releases are planned for 2017 – the band being a “side project” for Scardanelli.

A charismatic and engaging solo performer, Simon's shows are peppered with wry anecdotes and dry, self-deprecating humour – he is able to look back on a long and varied career with an ironic appreciation of its highs and lows. But it is the quality of songwriting and singing that will ring in your ears after a Scardanelli gig – as Sound on Sound wrote – “Simon's greatest asset is a fantastic singing voice...his performance on tracks such as They Dance bear comparison to the likes of Scott Walker.”

Simon Scardanelli returned to acting in 2012 - something he had done during the 80s with experimental theatre group Wet Paint Theatre Company, along with a brief spell in repertory theatre. In the 90s Simon performed with the NYC theatre group Fish Can Fly, who performed installation and promenade pieces in Galleries across Manhattan. Since 2012 he has played "Pete" in "The Last Lunch" written and directed by Jonathan Brown. Performances at the Brighton Fringe (May 2012) and Barnstaple Fringe (June 2012) and in Glastonbury, Bridgwater, Lewes & Arundel. Simon also played “John” in Ben Aitken’s “The Cafe” - a promenade play held at Metro Deco in Brighton, also during the Fringe Festival. In 2013 he played the part of the Valet in Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit, which ran at the NVT in Brighton from 4th to 18th May.

Simon has appeared as Professor Smith in the short film "Concealment" by Dan Rickard, and as the Landlord in Simon Drake's short "Angels on the Ceiling"

A brief clip from these films can be seen on Simon's Spotlight showreel, linked below.

Simon recently appeared as Oliver in "Weekly Art Night" by Claudia Grigg Edo, which ran from 8-12th December 2015 at
The Space in East London.

Simon was commissioned to voice the narrative for Scott Bikes E-Silence, Silence Your City! campaign video. Watch it
here.

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