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Not Another Christmas Song!
The coveted Christmas number one slot in the UK pop charts could be taken by an unknown singer and songwriter. On December 14th 2009, an independent artist will go directly head to head with Simon Cowell and Co.
By: Ruby Records
An amusing, witty and poignant festive comedy song will independently try and knock the pop star off the top of this year’s Christmas tree.
“The Ballad of the Grumpy Old Men” gets to the heart of how Christmas day unfolds in so many British households.
This light hearted parody takes us through the anticipation of expensive gifts, spending time with the family and gorging ourselves silly on the feast, only to be disappointed with the same old thoughtless pair of underpants, socks, aftershave and the usual unwelcome relatives loudly displaying there sprout virtuoso.
Musically the song is jolly and packed full of Christmas clichés. The obligatory variety of bells, Phil Spector style harmonies and party atmosphere all evoke a reassuring familiarity.
The song will be released via I-tunes, Spotify, www.hmv.com, www.tesco.com, Napster and all other reputable on line distribution services. Downloads will be available from December 14th 2009.
You can currently hear the song at www.myspace.com/
About the artist:
Stew Simpson is a 31 year old singer and songwriter (originally from Newcastle upon Tyne) based in east London and temporarily working as a sales assistant in Carlisle (Cumbria). Stew has a BA Hons degree in Fine Art, has appeared in a variety of television and movie rolls, including The I.T. Crowd, Byker Grove, The Golden Compass, Billy Elliot, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Orange Act Unsigned, Etc.
Battle of the bands CFM (Cumbria FM) Winner 2001. Supported various artists including Boo Hewerdine, Chris While and Julie Mathews (Best duo) Folk Music awards 2009, The Paperboys. Various bands have included Cumbria and the borders Rock/punk covers band The Oysters. South London’s Ska/Punk outfit The Birth of BonOyster. Cumbrian folk duo Simpson/Devine. Festivals include Brampton Live 2005 (Cumbria), Solfest 2006 (Cumbria).The Ireby Festival 2005 (Cumbria).
Various Radio play including, BBC Radio Cumbria, BBC Radio 4 and CFM
“The Ballad of the Grumpy Old Men” was recorded at Ascape studios South London. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dave Lear, who also produced the soundtrack for the BBCs Pingu.
The promotional video was shot on location in central London. http://www.youtube.com/
For additional information on “The Ballad of the Grumpy Old Men” or its creator Stew Simpson contact Stew Simpson or visit www.myspace.com/