Alasdair Simpson is a bass guitarist currently based in Manchester, UK. A highly sought after freelance musician with playing experience in a wide range of musical genres, Alasdair can be seen performing across the UK with various projects. A firm grounding in rhythm section and backline playing ensures versatility, passion and groove in every performance.
Alasdair has played bass in a number of bands of various genres; these include artephis, Agbeko, Amped Up, The Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra, Sessions Collective, The Spinoffs, Under The Covers and The Funtime Frankies. Other credits include playing in various musicals West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Les Miserables and The Witches of Eastwick on a local level. Alasdair has also played drums and percussion in New York Brass Band.
Venues in which Alasdair has performed include: Indigo at the O2 London, The Royal Albert Hall London, The Palace Theatre Manchester, Birmingham Symphony Hall, York Theatre Royal, Harrogate Royal Hall, Harrogate Theatre, Lords Cricket Ground London, Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Middleton Arena, Wakefield Jazz Club and Doncaster Jazz Club.
Festivals that Alasdair has performed at feature: Glastonbury Festival (2014 & 2015), Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Kendal Calling, Marsden Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cork Jazz Festival
Jazz Yorkshire Jamboree 2010: Best Bass Player.
Music For Youth Finalist: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012.
"Alasdair is a phenomenally active and talented musician."
James Lancaster New York Brass Band http://www.newyorkbrassband.co.uk
"Alasdair has shown himself to be a truly excellent musician and has proven to be the backbone of our rhythm section."
Jo Williamson Harrogate Youth Jazz Orchestra
"His enthusiasm for music is contagious! He can't get enough of it!"
Louise Dickson MD Jesus Christ Superstar Thirsk
"At only 19, he already has the markings of being considerably more than a merely capable musician: his timing is impeccable and he has the ability to play a complex groove without appearing rushed – his fingers moving effortlessly up and down the fretboard."
Nigel Stewart The Creative Network