Songwriter & Singer

"Great songs and heartfelt lyrics"

Ralph McLean. Ulster BBC

"Shimeon’s music is subtle mid-tempo country... It underpins his songs brilliantly and delivers a solid base from which to weave his spells.

it’s a measure of his talent that 'Masquerade' delivers solid songs, rather than weighty sermons."

Chris Long, BBC 

Simon Peter Sutherland (stage name Shimeon) is a Songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist.

Born in  Manchester,  Shimeon's childhood reverberated with music ranging from soundtrack, country, pop, easy listening and classical. Music was a big part of his entire childhood and he taught himself how to play guitar when he was 11 years old and learned by listening to American music fom the likes of Johnny Cash, John Denver, Glen Campbell and later, Roy Orbison. In 1991 he formed his band 22 Strings and they gained a following and a reputation as a live act on the Manchester music scene of the early 90's.  In 1995 the band broke up and became a popular duo and ended in 1997.

In 1997 Simon wrote and produced his first album under the name Shimeon Sutherland. In 1998 this album was released within the music industry but not to the general public. 

   In 2008 Shimeon released a debut solo album 'Masquerade'. Due to unforseen circumstances the  album would be re-released in 2010 with a new title 'Dusty Old Soul'. The same year Shimeon also released an updated version of the 1998 album under the title  'Behind the Soomer Sun 'Revived'. In 2010, Shimeon also produced the album Sean Martin "10 Songs".

Today Shimeon rarely tours or performs live. But since 2012 he has been busy writing, filming and presenting Biblical and Historical documentaries. In 2012 he released "The Apostles at Paphos". In 2014 he released "Martyr George Marsh". In 2015 he released "The Apostle Paul at Rhodes" and in 2016 "Kos and the Gospel According to St. Luke". These documentaries have been filmed on locations in England, Cyprus, Rhodes and Kos and include the first documentary ever made on 16th century Protestant Martyr George Marsh.

With more films in the pipeline, there are talks of Shimeon returning to the stage and he has completed  a new studio album, (tba) and has also produced and recorded the debut album of Joyce Sutherland (tba).


Shimeon is regarded by many as an  immensely talented, Brit singer/songwriter. He is also a  multi-instrumentalist, and an honest craftsman, a poet and tunesmith and a lover of truth, justice, gospel, honesty and the dignity that lies beneath integrity. His compositions go beyond beautiful music, and cry out for the goodness of life, the desired honesty and plain truth so painfully to the point. Somewhere beneath the integrity of words and composition you know that every last syllable is steeped in sincerity.

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