Young Pilgrim Charlie Simpson makes progress in Sheffield

Young Pilgrim: Charlie Simpson
Young Pilgrim: Charlie Simpson

YOUNG Pilgrim hitmaker Charlie Simpson - formerly of pop punk band Busted - is about to tour the UK with a date in Sheffield, writes Graham Walker.

Promoting latest EP Farmer and His Gun he will play Sheffield O2 Academy on Tuesday, March 27.

The EP, out two days earlier on March 25, features four tracks, including a re-recorded version of Farmer & His Gun, the original home recorded demo, Barricades Of Heaven (Jackson Browne cover) and Lost.

It will be available as a digital download, CD and two 7” vinyls and will be accompanied by a video from acclaimed animation director Alice Dupre, who’s previous work includes Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Nanny McPhee.

The EP follows the success of his top six debut solo album, Young Pilgrim.

2011 was a stellar year for Charlie. His single, Cemetery, was selected as the iTunes Single Of The Week and the lead single from the album, Down Down Down, was rapturously received by Charlie’s fans, including Radio 1 Dj Fearne Cotton who selected it as her Record Of The Week.

Charlie also made numerous TV appearances including performing on ITV’s Daybreak, Channel 4‘s Hollyoaks Music Show and Channel 5’s OK TV.

His music videos have gained over 2 million views on YouTube, including the video, Cemetery, where Charlie was assaulted by low flying fruit.

Young Pilgrim saw Charlie join forces with acclaimed producer Danton Supple (Coldplay, Doves) to begin recording the album.

The result is an accomplished 12-track record that emanates vintage warmth and whose luscious melodies and occasional imperfections lend it a vibrant character and earnest charm.

Live concerts perfectly showcase Charlie’s strength as a musician, songwriter and performer.

In October 2011 he sold out a number of dates including London’s Islington Academy.

March 2011 sees Charlie hit the road again to play shows in Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh to name but a few.

A number of shows have also been confirmed for Austin’s SXSW Festival. A full list of dates is below.

Tour dates are: Ipswich Corn Exchange, Wed, March 21; London Koko, 22; Birmingham Academy O2, Sat, March 24; Liverpool Academy, 24; Sheffield Academy O2, 27; Newcastle University, 28; Edinburgh Liquid Rooms, 30; Dundee Fat Sams, 31; Portsmouth Pyramids Centre, April 2; Cardiff Solus, 3; Falmouth Princess Pavilion, 5; Exeter, The Phoenix, 6.