[Top image: Keyhole Studios] [Image left: Tom Lee]
For his 15th birthday, his Dad bought him a KD28 acoustic guitar from Hessey’s in Liverpool. He learnt guitar with his 2 cousins and soon moved on to the bass while writing more guitar-based original songs.
While studying languages at university, he did a lot of busking with his trusty guitar including 6 months in Oviedo, Spain, and then 6 months in Paris.
1987 – 1991: After graduating in 1987, he returned to Oviedo and formed a band with Abel Martínez (guitar), Alex Coloma (keyboards) and boy wonder Chema Fombona on drums. With Simon on bass & vocals (and songwriter for the band along with Abel), Dona Kebab won the Battle of the Bands in 1990 and secured a record deal for their first album “Hola Chica” (see below).