|Simon Nield has a broad musical palette, formed as a result of a short attention span and thirty-odd years of saying "yes" to just about anything musical. School piano lessons led on to classical guitar, sparking life-long passions for acoustic guitar and composition.
Early musical adventures in Adelaide included stints in original pop bands and cover bands. After moving to Perth in 1987, Simon NIeld's musical horizons widened to encompass acapella and acoustic ensembles, including the successful world music band Tok Pan Tok. More recently Simon Nield has played guitar for artists as diverse as Akhter Jahan (classical Indian-style singer), Dougal Adams and Ormonde Waters (traditional Irish music) and Stephen Taberner (moody jazz-pop).
In 2002 Simon stepped away from a supporting role to produce his own project, an album of songs with eclectic, acoustic guitar-based instrumentation entitled We're Mostly Water. The album included the winner of the Instrumental category of the 2002 Australian National Songwriting Contest, with other songs receiving top-ten placings in the categories of folk/world, lyrics, jazz/blues and gospel. Simon formed a band, The Beach, to play these songs at venues and festivals in WA.
In 2004, Simon Nield disappeared into his shed for a few months and emerged with Resonance, an album of new acoustic guitar music. Resonance has been well received locally and internationally, as a "very nice set of guitar pieces… ranging from flowing, lyrical tunes to complex polyrythms" (fRoots magazine, UK), and which "stamps him as a player of genuine class and inventiveness" (Steve Barnes, artistic director of the Fairbridge Festival).
Simon Nield has performed in WA at the Fairbridge, Nannup, Araluen, and Down South music festivals, the Denmark Festival of Voice, and live on ABC and community radio.
Simon Nield also directs a thriving community choir (Camelot), and was the inaugural director of Lile, a Georgian singing ensemble formed in 2003. He provides workshops in guitar, songwriting and group singing.