About

Simon Stanley Ward
Simon has been performing almost non stop since his teenage years! Over the last decade, Simon has been playing his original music with his band The Shadows of Doubt in pubs, music venues, theatres and festivals in London, across the UK and in Northern Spain. Described as a country singer at heart with a streak of the surreal running through him, his live show is engaging, energetic and constantly evolving. At it's best his performances can be gut-wretchingly moving and moments later silly, self deprecating and hilarious. His influences come from far a wide and include Elvis, Bob Dylan and John Prine.

The Shadows of Doubt

Simon's band The Shadows of Doubt have been playing with him since 2013. A highly experienced, skilled and versatile outfit which includes Paul Lush (Lead guitarist/Producer), Neil Marsh (Drums) and Geoff Easeman (Bass guitar). Guitarist Paul Lush was nominated for Best Instrumentalist at The 'UK Americana Awards' in 2016 for his fantastic work with Danny and The Champions of the World. Drummer Neil Marsh has also toured with county/folk group Ahab, folk singer Jason McNiff and can be seen playing in blues combos at Ronnie Scott's jazz club. As well as bass, multi-instrumentalist Geoff plays guitar, mandolin, violin and keyboards. He has played with folk singer Roy Hill and in The Ty Watling band. His bass playing is influences by such greats as Lee Sklar and James Jamerson.

First Album

Simon with his band The Shadows of Doubt, released his self titled album in 2015. The album received much praise from critics and was played on various national radio shows including BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Ulster. Their second studio album 'Songs From Various Places' was recorded in 2018. Simon also recorded his solo album 'Simon Stanley Ward without a Shadow of a Doubt' to a sold out crowd at The Betsey Trotwood in London in March 2018 to be released later in the year.

"Home grown talent! It sounded wonderful!” - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 

"Proper country music delivered with style. The album opener "Monster Song" is quite simply one of the best country songs that this reviewer has heard in many a year. " - Americana UK

Comedy stuff
After being a fan for many years, Simon began testing the waters of stand up comedy for himself in 2016. Simon formed comedy trio Rasputin's Lunchbox and later became a solo act. In 2017, he was a finalist in 2 UK comedy finals; the NATY's (New Act of the Year) at the Leicester Square Theatre and the UK Music Comedy Awards at the Lyric Theatre. In 2017, he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and comedy festivals in Leicester, Liverpool, Hastings and Brighton as well as becoming a regular at The Camden Comedy Club. Simon has also curated lots of music and comedy events working alongside performers such as Kevin Eldon, Simon Munnery, Richard Herring, Cally Beaton, John Hegley and Robin Ince.