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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Mark Simkins (guitar / vocals)


BANDS:
  • John Slaughter Blues Band
  • Glitter Band
  • Jinnhouse
  • Paul Cox Band
  • The Mark Michael Band
  • The Feel
  • Ouch
  • Chippy Mintons Revenge
  • AAA
  • A Ha

BIOGRAPHY:

Fantastic guitarist, Mark Simkins was born in Clapham, South London, in 1959.


OUCH


His first band was Ouch, where he played rock covers.


RAJANS


Mark´s next band was called Rajans, a funk band with a female singer.


CHIPPY MINTONS REVENGE


This was a quintet playing progressive music.


CHINATOWN


Chinatown was formed from the seeds of Mark´s previous band.


THE FEEL


This was another band where Mark played, but, as with the above mentioned bands, I don´t have any info to add. Help, please!


SOLO CAREER...


In the early 80s, he started recording an album, but it was finally shelved when he joined A Ha.


JINNHOUSE


Jinnhouse was a power trio led by Mark Simkins:

JINNHOUSE #?
?
Mark Simkins
guitar, vocals
Jerry Cunningham
bass
Gary Everest
drums

This is another different lineup for Jinnhouse:

JINNHOUSE #?
?
Mark Simkins
guitar, vocals
Stevie Stokes
bass
Gary Everest
drums

Bass player Dave Hayter was a founder of the band, but don´t know the exact original lineup. Does anybody know?

Gary Everest was in Jinnhouse in two different periods: from 1992 to 1997, and then again from 1998 to 2003.


PAUL COX & SOUL INTENTION


As far as I know, this was the first lineup of Paul Cox & Soul Intention:

PAUL COX BAND #?
?
Paul Cox
vocals
Mark Simkins
guitar, vocals
Al MacLean
bass, backing vocals
Gary Moberley
keyboards
Steve Dixon
drums

Soon after, Paul Cox & Soul Intention augments the band with a superb horn section:

PAUL COX BAND #?
?
Paul Cox
vocals
Mark Simkins
guitar, vocals
Al MacLean
bass, backing vocals
Gary Moberley
keyboards
Martin Drover
trumpet
Nick Payn
sax
Steve Dixon
drums

This was the personnel for Paul Cox & Soul Intention in September 1998, when they played for BBC radio program hosted by Paul Jones:

PAUL COX BAND #?
Sep 98
Paul Cox
vocals
Andy Brown
bass
Gary Moberley
keyboards
Sid Gauld
trumpet
Nick Payn
sax
Martyn C Winning
sax
Pete Thompson
drums

In 1999, we find Gary Moberley in Paul Cox & Soul Intention:

PAUL COX BAND #?
1999
Paul Cox
vocals
Mike Summerland
guitar
OR
Mark Simkins
guitar, sometimes
Al MacLean
bass, backing vocals
Gary Moberley
keyboards
Martin Drover
trumpet
Nick Payn
sax
Steve Dixon
drums


GLITTER BAND


This is the personnel for Glitter Band around 2002:

GLITTER BAND #?
?
Dominic Rogers
guitar, vocals
Stevie Stokes
bass
Merrilyn Bear
drums, keyboards
Pete Phipps
drums


THE MARK MICHAEL BAND


This is The Mark Michael Band around September 2002:

THE MARK MICHAEL BAND #?
2002
Mark Simkins
guitar, vocals
Stevie Stokes
bass
Gary Everest
drums

Around November 2002, The Mark Michael Band is now a quartet:

THE MARK MICHAEL BAND #?
2002
Mark Simkins
guitar, vocals
Stevie Stokes
bass
Richard Simmons
keyboards
Steve Dixon
drums


JINNHOUSE (again)


This is Jinnhouse around January 2007:

JINNHOUSE #?
?
Mark Simkins
guitar, vocals
Geoff Brown
bass
Gary Everest
drums

This is one of the latest lineups for Jinnhouse:

JINNHOUSE #?
?
Mark Simkins
guitar, vocals
Mick Wood
bass
Matt Mullender
drums

I don´t know the period of this incarnation (maybe circa 2008?).

DISCOGRAPHY: (5 albums known to me - Status: In progress)

ALBUMS AS A BAND MEMBER (5 credits)
  • All that stuff ain´t real - The John Slaughter Band (1994)

    • Members: John Beecham, Paul Cox, Steve Dixon, Martin Drover, Andy Hamilton, Al MacLean, Noel Norris, Nick Payn, Jim Rodford, Mark Simkins, Richard Simmons, John Slaughter
    • Guests: Mike Cotton
    • Technical: John Verity
  • Real world - Paul Cox (2001)

    • Members: Roger Cotton, Paul Cox, Steve Dixon, Sid Gauld, Al MacLean, Gary Moberley, Nick Payn, Mark Simkins, Mike Summerland, Matt Winch
    • Guests: Alan Glen, Louise Kenny, Derek Nash, Tim Riggins
    • Comments: Second solo album by Paul Cox.
  • Steppin´ stone - The Mark Michael Band (2002)

    • Members: Mark Simkins
    • Guests: Roger Cotton, Steve Dixon
    • My opinion: Magnificent blues-rock album, with touches of Peter Green, Rory Gallagher or Gary Moore. I love it completely!
  • Ain´t nothin´ doin´ - Paul Cox ( - )

    • Members: Roger Cotton, Paul Cox, Martin Drover, Sid Gauld, Al MacLean, Gary Moberley, Nick Payn, Mark Simkins, Pete Thompson (RIP: Andy Brown)
    • Guests: Mark Clements, Jenni Evans, Steve Jackson, Derek Nash
    • Comments: First solo album by Paul Cox. Recorded with many guests: Mark Simkins (guitar, vocals), Mark Clements (bass), Gary Moberley (keyboards), Steve Jackson (drums), Nick Payn (sax, flute), Martin Drover (trumpet, flugelhorn), Derek Nash (sax), Jennie Evans (backing vocals), Debbie Miller (backing vocals), Al McLean (backing vocals). Produced by Roger Cotton (from Peter Green's Splinter Group).
    • My opinion: A great album, it contains nice renditions of Robin Trower/Frankie Miller (´This love is mine´) or John Hiatt, to name a few.
  • Demons - The Mark Michael Band ( - )


RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 3


Official site(s) - tell them you saw the link here:

From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

RELATED VIDEO LINKS: 32
Disclaimer: I don´t own or upload any of the videos linked here. I just include links to live videos that are already available, in order to show the work of this musician. Anyway, if someone feels that some link shouldn't be included, please write me at the email address shown below. And if you know of more videos featuring Mark Simkins, please, also write me with the link.
THANKS:

Very Special Thanks to:
  • Blake Powell: for his wonderful presents that allowed me to know this great musician (2002).

  • RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Mark Simkins mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Roger Cotton (3)
    Paul Cox (3)
    Steve Dixon (3)
    Al MacLean (3)
    Nick Payn (3)
    Blake Powell (3)
    Martin Drover (2)
    Sid Gauld (2)
    Gary Moberley (2)
    Derek Nash (2)

    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 01/December/2010 - Last modified on: 01/December/2010. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

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