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Leo Chadburn (also known by the nom de guerre “Simon Bookish”) is a classically-trained composer (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1997-2001), who has become one of the most versatile and unpredictable musicians currently working in London. He is both a pop vocalist and experimental improviser, besides working as a remixer, and solo performance/live artist.

As Simon Bookish, he has made two albums for the London-based label Use Your Teeth; UNFAIR FUNFAIR (2006) - an abrasive and energetic sequence of songs whose subjects range from Euripides and Richard the Third to the invention of the Guillotine - and TRAINWRECK/RAINCHECK ( due Autumn 2006) - a ‘surreal electronic radio play’ combining sound design and spoken word, concerning vibrant images of transportation.

He has released singles on the German label Tomlab and through Playlouder recordings and has been asked to provide remixes for Franz Ferdinand, The Organ and Grizzly Bear. Leo is also credited with guest appearances on albums by Max de Wardener, Leafcutter John, Patrick Wolf and Saint Etienne.

Simon Bookish has presented over 50 solo performances since 2003. Venues have included the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Dover Street Market (comme des garcons store), Transition Film Lounge (Berlin), Nastyfest 2004 (Leeds), Capri Art Festival 2004, the Redgate Gallery, the Africa Centre, and the Vortex Jazz Club. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio One and XFM, and he has presented shows on London’s Resonance FM.


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  • Kaoru_is_here

    Hey Simon, what have you been up to? WHERE ARE YOU? "Everything/Everything" is one of my all-time favourites... and I'd really like to have a follow-up after all these years!

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • kneFX

    pls come 2 berlin

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • barracuda318

    Very Patrick Wolf, yup, quite like this...

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Phaislum

    He's so awesome!

    22 Feb 2014 Reply
  • messo

    Was just introduced to him a couple of days ago. Sounds brilliant :)

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • antonomasia

    Wonderful wonderful stuff! Thank you and Spotify recommendations.

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • MyMusicMyDivas

    ↨♥↨ Victorinox ↨♥↨

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • cocainepie

    Wow... This guy is better than gay porn. I think I'm in love.

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    I love The Flood!!! Will need to check more of him, I agree with Vajrapani I definitely hear the David Bowie thing...well on this track anyway! lol

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Doriol

    pretty terrible

    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • VelvetGunpowder

    I didn't know that about Soundcloud! Thanks so much @dumbnoteclectic! I lost my music library a while ago and was really missing Simon Bookish!

    20 May 2011 Reply
  • BunkTheLunk

    so musical theatre influenced, love it. not afraid to build a song rather than smash in, true musician.

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • klauw

    so awesome

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • dumbnoteclectic

    he has made his first 2 albums free to download from soundcloud x

    20 Oct 2010 Reply
  • phillip360

    Glue and expand the estrus and electrified 'pataphysics group.

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Trouserpress

    Heard Synchrotron on the radio yesterday. Instant love.

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Vajrapani

    David Bowie 2.0

    6 Jul 2010 Reply
  • OlavOrganist

    Wonderful music! Everything/Everything is quickly becoming one of my favourites. Such a brilliant album, no weak tracks, not a redundant second. And the ensemble sounds so great! What a songwriter, I'm pretty much in love.

    25 Jun 2010 Reply
  • tokikun

    i just discover him and i love his music!!!!!!

    8 Jun 2010 Reply
  • pabulous

    can anyone help me with a download for "trainwreck/raincheck"? i can't find it ANYWHERE, legal or otherwise.

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
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