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Live w/ Dave Dobbyn at The Factory, Hamilton. June 14th.

Live w/ Dave Dobbyn at The Factory, Hamilton. June 14th.

Playing support to the NZ icon that is Dave Dobbyn at The Factory, Hamilton. June 14th, at 8.00pm Tickets via: http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/cx8km9ns5
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Live at Nivara Lounge, August 10th

Live at Nivara Lounge, August 10th

Fresh from playing support slots for Mitch James and Dave Dobbyn over the past few months, make sure you check out Simon Hirst with THE Band at Hamilton's infamous underground venue Nivara Lounge! With support from popular Hamilton singer/songwriter Coral, who will be kicking ...
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Bandcamp sales going to Christchurch Relief.

Bandcamp sales going to Christchurch Relief.

Over the past few days I, like so many others, have been trying to think of a small way in which I can help out the victims, and families of those affected in Christchurch. So until April 1st, all the money made from music purchased on my Bandcamp page will be donated directly ...
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Feet of God, track by track #7. Nothing I Can Do

Feet of God, track by track #7. Nothing I Can Do

#7 - Nothing I Can Do Open this Spotify link to listen while you read. Nothing I Can Do was originally called ‘In my Room’, and although the melody and chords were there, the lyric was lacking so I put it on the proverbial shelf, knowing I could come back to it. It ended ...
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Feet of God, Track by Track #6. Commanding Me

Feet of God, Track by Track #6. Commanding Me

#6 - Commanding MeOpen this Spotify link to listen while you read. Commanding Me was one of the earlier written songs for the album. The initial idea came with chords, melody and words for the first verse, and the first line of the chorus. However, it took me a long time to ...
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Feet of God, Track by Track #5. Feet Of God

Feet of God, Track by Track #5. Feet Of God

#5 - Feet Of GodOpen this Spotify link to listen while you read. By the fifth track, and having been preceded by a couple of darker songs, I felt it was time to lighten the mood. Feet of God was written in the lounge of our small house, and the early acoustic demo is very ...
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Feet of God, Track by Track #4. Trees Stand Strong

Feet of God, Track by Track #4. Trees Stand Strong

#4 - Trees Stand StrongOpen this Spotify link to listen while you read. Trees Stand Strong was an important song early on, and had a large influence on the mood and direction the album went in. Certainly in terms of production and the overall atmosphere I was attempting to ...
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Album #2 Fundraiser gig, March 9th

Album #2 Fundraiser gig, March 9th

After the success of a fundraising gig I did for the Shining in Silver EP in 2015, I was asked quite often about putting on a similar show, however at the time I felt I didn't want to repeat that exact idea too quickly. I hadn't planned it but over the last few months songs ...
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Feet of God, Track by Track #3. Temptation

Feet of God, Track by Track #3. Temptation

#3 - TemptationOpen this Spotify link to listen while you read. Temptation is one of the songs from Feet of God that I have the least memory of the exact moment of writing. It sort of just appeared out of nowhere one day. It’s certainly one of the darker songs on the album. ...
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Feet of God, Track by Track #2. Private Eye

Feet of God, Track by Track #2. Private Eye

#2 - Private EyeOpen this Spotify link to listen while you read. Private Eye came about in a very unusual way. The title and verse guitar part were written probably about 7 years before I released the album, and had a different melody which I was never really happy with. ...
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Feet of God, Track by Track #1. Arohanui

Feet of God, Track by Track #1. Arohanui

#1 - ArohanuiOpen this Spotify link to listen while you read. The original working title for Arohanui was In my Blood, and the lyric was written after a big night out. It was about that feeling of safety, love, stumbling into your own home, and then into bed next to your ...
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Weekly Residency Gigs

Weekly Residency Gigs

Unless advertised differently, as of July 2018 my weekly residency gigs will be as follows: The Lookout Bar & Kitchen, Hamilton. http://thelookoutbar.co.nz/ 4.30pm-8.30pm, Thursdays. The Helm Bar & Kitchen, Hamilton. http://thehelm.co.nz/ 5.00pm-9.00pm, ...
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Original 'Light of Love' Demo

Original 'Light of Love' Demo

It's a beautiful day outside and I feel like sharing!... This song featured on my first EP 'Shining in Silver' and became quite an up tempo rock song, however when it was written it was actually very different. It was written at a little apartment we were living in on Kelly ...
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The Cat's out of the Bag EP - Credits

The Cat's out of the Bag EP - Credits

All tracks written by Simon Hirst. Tracks 1 & 3 produced by Simon Hirst. Track 2 & 4 produced by Simon Hirst & Eddie Rayner. Drums and percussion on tracks 1 & 2 by Patrick Kuhtze. Patrick Kuhtze appears courtesy of SONOR, ZILDJIAN, EVANS Drumheads, & SHURE ...
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Favourite Albums #1 Crowded House - Together Alone

Favourite Albums #1 Crowded House - Together Alone

My Father, in particular, was a big follower of Split Enz, whose music had an enormous affect on me growing up, so I guess it was only a matter of due course that after the Enz disbanded he followed on with Crowded House, and in turn it continued my musical journey, although I ...
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