The Starlite Campbell Band is a rockin’ English blues band that now calls Portugal home. The husband-and-wife team of Simon…Read more
“Campbell’s vocals are flawless. Infectious hooks, meaty jams, and innovative song-writing stand front and center, making Starlite Campbell Band’s Live album an exhilarating listen.” - Phillip Smith
“Simon Campbell seems like a walking encyclopaedia of classic British axe heroes. But overall his guitar sound is his own, and it's remarkable that he eschews effects pedals in search of it. The Language Of Curiosity is about well-constructed songs, infectious melodies and worthwhile words!” - Iain Cameron, Editor
“Oh My, Oh My! What a cracker this one is. I listened to the whole album at one go... Then it hit me. This is what Cream sounded like before they became super-stars” - Ian K. McKenzie, Editor
Equally at home in the recording studio or on festival stages around the world, Starlite & Campbell are curious souls, constantly asking questions and exploring new sounds, ideas and thoughts.
Quintessentially the ‘sound’ of their music is based around a very British playing, recording and production aesthetic.
Travelling poets, detectives and observers, voracious readers and lovers of inspirational situations and spontaneous happenings with authentic people.
Writing stories in song where the lyric has meaning.
To document, inform and arouse curiosity - served on a bed of musical emotion.
“Here is no sophomore slump with The Language of Curiosity. Starlite Campbell Band have stepped up their game, and their sound, taking their British blues/rock to a whole other level... A modern-day sonic boom!” - JD Nash, Editor
“[Starlite Campbell Band ] feature one of the best session guitarists and producer/arrangers from the last forty years – Simon Campbell.” - Andy Snipper
“The Starlite Campbell Band issued not one but two highly entertaining, genre stretching live albums (blues rock husband & wife duo Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell favour artistic adventure over one dimensionality.” - Ross Muir
PHASE TWO: 2017 - 2019
Album: ‘Blueberry Pie’ | Nominated for Best Album - European Blues Awards
PHASE THREE: 2019 - 2022
Albums: The Language of Curiosity’, ‘Starlite Campbell Band Live!’ and 'Starlite Campbell Band Live! 2'
Winner - Best Original Band - GSMC Awards, 2022
Starlite & Campbell fly in the face of disposable music, writing, recording, engineering, playing and producing all their work. All music is released on their independent label Supertone Records.
The couple tour with their two labradors Hummock and Bobby in the ‘Van of Rock’.
They have moved seven times in the past ten years and finally found their spiritual home in Portugal.
All their music is mastered by Jon Astley of Close to the Edge, England who has worked with The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Debby Harry and many more.
SINGLES 2020 - 2022
Starlite Campbell Band released four singles; Stone Cold Crazy, Lay It Out On Me, Gaslight and Take Time To Grow Old from their second studio album - The Language of Curiosity.
In a zeitgeist moment during the first lockdown, Suzy & Simon released their version of a cover of the Blind Faith classic ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’ which received fantastic feedback from the media including BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 amongst other international radio.
Third album 'Starlite Campbell Band Live!' saw the single release of 'A Whiter Shade of Pale - Live!' featuring Josh Phillips (member of Procol Harum) on Hammond organ who toured with Starlite Campbell Band.
“This was the real deal, scintillating stuff… Simon Campbell and Suzy Starlite are mad for the music, and mad for each other – and their enthusiasm is infectious. And then – and then, folks – they close out with ‘Walkin’ Out The Door’, the opening track from Blueberry Pie. And this slice of mid-Sixties style soulful blues, with some wah-wah atmospherics, gradually morphs into Led Feckin’ Zeppelin, the riff tipping the hat to the likes of ‘How Many More Times’ while Starlite channels John Paul Jones with an increasingly mountainous bass line. And Campbell goes into mad axeman mode, conjuring up a howling guitar interlude with the aid of an old-fashioned echoplex box of tricks – real analogue tape, boys and girls – ahead of an echo-laden solo. Greta Van Fleet eat your juvenile hearts out.” - Iain Cameron
— Blues Enthused, UK
Drums | percussion
Hugo Danin is one of the finest drummers in Portugal.
He has studied under some of the worlds greatest greatest players in both Spain and New York.
In 2001 he founded the school and creative centre, Atelier de Percussão and has written two drum books: 'Criatividade Ritmica' and 'The Drumming Track Concept'.
Hugo is very busy as a teacher and live/studio musician, performing with many of Portugal’s top artists, such as Mariza and Pedro Abrunhosa.
He is an endorsee of Sonor drums and Sabian Cymbals.
Having been signed to both Polydor and A&M Records, Steve is a fantastic musician who has worked with many great artists and has literally toured the world with the likes of Maggie Bell, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, the Icicle Works, Madeleine Bell, Buzzcocks and more recently with Larry Garner, The Norman Beaker Band and Chris Farlowe
He has known Simon for thirty years and is both a Paiste and Sakae drums endorsee.
Hammond Organ | Piano | Clavinet
Jonny is a massively respected Hammond Organ player who works tirelessly on the live circuit worldwide and has toured with Robben Ford, Matt Schofield and Otis Rush
He was voted Keyboard Player of the Year in both the 2010 and 2011 British Blues Awards
In 2009 he released an instrumental funk/jazz album under his own name, entitled 'Where Did I Leave My Keys?'
Jonny has featured on all the Starlite Campbell Band's recordings to date
Hammond Organ | Piano | Clavinet
Josh began his career age sixteen playing organ on the soundtrack to Quadrophenia and he later was the keyboardist for British heavy rockers Diamond Head and has written for and/or performed with a wide range of musicians, including Big Country, Leo Sayer, Pete Townshend, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Kenney Jones, Ronan Keating, Alisha’s Attic, Midge Ure, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and most recently Mike Rutherford, Judie Tzuke, Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart with Ron Wood
He is currently a full member of Procol Harum and has also toured with the Starlite Campbell Band
GABRIELE DEL VECCHIO
Hammond Organ | Piano | Clavinet
Born in Naples, Gabriele began playing piano at age ten going on to study at Asociación Napolitana de Jazz with Mario Insegna. In 2003 he formed ‘Sunset in Blue’ and recorded the critically acclaimed album ‘Faced to the Sun’ playing most major Italian blues festivals
In 2005, Gabriele moved to Valencia and played with Trapobana, Los Fabulosos Blueshakers, Relevo de Plata, Tonky de la Peña then becoming a member 'Los Perros del Boogie' who supported AC/DC on the Spanish leg of their world tour
He features on 'The Language of Curiosity' and also plays regularly with the band live