WHO ARE THE STARLITE CAMPBELL BAND?
The band is steeped in British blues – think early Led Zeppelin, The Faces and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. With contemporary original songs inspired by real life and real people, they have a sound and vibe reminiscent of the mid 60’s to early 70’s - the halcyon days of music.
Starlite and Campbell, who married after a whirlwind musical romance, released their debut album ‘Blueberry Pie’to rave reviews worldwide and a prestigious nomination for Best Album in the European Blues Awards.
"Unquestionably Blueberry Pie is a stunning debut" | 5* - Morgan Hogarth, Rock n Reel Magazine
With extensive international radioplay charting top 10 in the UK, Australia, The Netherlands and American Blues Charts and over 50 four and five star reviews worldwide, the Starlite Campbell Band leave an indelible impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds.
From Suzy’s addictive, fun-loving bass groove and thunderous tone to Simon’s explosive vocals and fretwork, the band is joined by keyboard maestro Jonny Henderson on Hammond/Wurlitzer (Robben Ford / Matt Schofield) and shuffle-master Steve Gibson on drums (Chris Farlowe / Larry Garner).
“Just as the Rolling Stones are making huge waves with their 30th studio release, Blue & Lonesome, along come a couple of seasoned musicians who bring back the sound of early UK blues, to near perfection.” | JD Nash - American Blues Scene, USA
The art of the song is everything and Starlite and Campbell fly in the face of disposable music - writing, recording and producing their work and then releasing on their independent label Supertone Records.
"Blueberry Pie is a great album" | Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music
The band recently headlined the Saturday night at Wangaratta festival of jazz & blues in Australia where they were joined by guest keyboard player Clayton Doley and quickly followed by a successful two week tour in the UK to great reviews.
“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
"The Starlite Campbell Band did more than rock the blues big top, the musical interplay, communication with the audience and get off your arse dance sounds and styles ensured the blues crowd as well as the band had a fantastic experience on Saturday night. The Starlite Campbell band's debut at Wangaratta was an absolutely overwhelming success indeed!! | Frank Davidson, Co-artistic Director, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, Australia
2019/2020 sees Suzy and Simon recording their new album 'The Language of Curiosity' at the band's semi mobile studio in Germany and also touring internationally with a series of European and UK dates.
Take a look at the band's gig schedule here!
The Starlite Campbell Band: a fresh taste of British Blues - best experienced LIVE!
IN THE BEGINNING...
The Starlite Campbell Band consists of full time musicians Suzy Starlite and Simon Campbell. The duo had been recording, playing and touring in bands for many years until they met in 2012, when Starlite asked Campbell to join her band to play guitar. The love extended past each other’s playing and the duo were wed in 2014 after a whirlwind romance, forming their new joint band, Starlite Campbell, in January 2016.
As prolific singer-songwriters, they started writing together immediately and built up a large collection of songs in a variety of styles; from Americana, folk music, electronic music, progressive rock to British blues.
Their first recorded collaboration was on Campbell's second solo album, The Knife where they co-wrote and performed Do You Want Me with Campbell on acoustic guitar, Theremin and vocals and Starlite on Mellotron and vocals.
Bass | Vocals | Piano | MOOG Minitaur
Suzy is a fine vocalist and songwriter plus plays fiendishly groovy bass, guitar and keyboards. Studying Media & Performance at Salford University she soon joined folk rockers Megiddo, who released an EP in 1994 followed by an album in 1996 and toured extensively on the UK folk circuit.
In 2012, she formed the band Starlite and drafted in Simon on guitar. That year they played many gigs featuring all original material penned by Suzy, including Mannifest, a three day festival on the Isle of Man.
Guitar | Vocals | Mandolin | Synthesisers
Simon is a guitar player, vocalist, songwriter and record producer. Having played in a number of original bands he was signed to Polydor Records in the early 90's and released an album with his band 'Little Brother'. After the band split he went on to form The Disciples and released an album in 1994.
In 2011 Simon was nominated in the Best Vocalist category in the British Blues Awards following the release of his debut solo album ThirtySix. 2014 saw him release his second solo album, The Knife which reflected Simon's increasing love of acoustic music from both sides of the Atlantic.
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, Madeleine Bell, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, the Icicle Works, 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.
Steve has played drums on all the Starlite Campbell Band recordings and is the first choice for the band live!
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 has been voted Keyboard Player of the Year in both the 2010 and 2011 British Blues Awards and in 2009, released an instrumental funk/jazz album under his own name, entitled 'Where Did I Leave My Keys?'
Jonny has featured on all the bands 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 plays regularly 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 and worked with musicians such as the highly respected Tonky de la Peña then becoming a member of nationally recognised '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.