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A native of Leeds England, Simon Widdowson moved to Minneapolis in the late 80's and after a stint as lead guitarist with local blues band Killing Floor he formed the Rainjackets, a trio whose smart combination of rock and catchy pop was captured on the self-released cassette Inside Out which received local radio airplay and led to gigs opening for such name artists as Peter Case, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Subdudes and Dave Mason. In the early 90's he recorded the album Spearfish and then left Minneapolis and settled in Santa Fe New Mexico, before embarking on a period of relentless touring across the US, performing over 200 concerts a year for about 5 years. in 1994 he recorded the popular solo acoustic album Looking for Delilah.

After spending 7 years in Santa Fe and recording two more albums; the 1996 release Going Home Undressed and the 1998 release Weather Vane he relocated to Portland Oregon in 2000 and created the Are You Listening? Recording Studio and Artist Space where he recorded and produced albums for many up and coming groups including
Decemberists, Pete Krebs, Hindi Guns, Little Sue and Papillon. In 2002 he recorded a new album titled Sweeper and then in 2004 he began work on a new album before closing Are You Listening? and returning to New Mexico. The album Frame was completed in 2005 and then Widdowson left the US after 18 years living there and settled in Cork Ireland where he performed regularly and also continued working as a producer for other artists and groups.

In 2007 Simon moved to Lyon France and worked as a producer and recording engineer for several French artists including Novox, Karimouche and Zen Zila before recording his album The Loss of Innocence in 2010. Widdowson then returned to England and played many solo acoustic gigs around the North of England for about a year before returning to France to record the 5 song ep Simon Widdowson and Bellecour for French label Fakir Music.

In 2014 Simon released a new album "Looking for the Sun" recorded in Saillans in La Drome. The album is a return to his acoustic blues roots and Widdowson is currently performing concerts in France either solo or as a duo with celebrated harmonica player Koko Harp and as a trio with Thomas Boulenger on Double Bass

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"Widdowson is a superior songwriter whose intelligent social and political commentary is never preachy because it's usually grounded in a personal context. Musically his adept mingling of rock and roll, folk elements and catchy pop hooks result in tunes remarkable for their depth and scope" Rick Mason, Minneapolis Star tribune

"British transplant Simon Widdowson is a prolific, socially conscious songwriter who wears his heart on his sleeve and whose nimble phrasing recalls both Graham Parker and Van Morrison" Jim Walsh, Billboard Magazine

"A brooding, romance damaged pop album that can summon either Nine Inch Nails or Leonard Cohen as needed. On disc Widdowson is a bruised yet refined presence, a guy who's been around but still has the energy to put his words across with muscle" Zach Dundas, Portland Willamette Week