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Simon Emmerson: A Tribute

March 16th, 2023

Simon Emmerson, the central figure in the shades in this photo, a Grammy award-winning record producer, Honorary Bard of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, a guitarist, DJ, musical director at Lush, and founder of the bands Afro-Celts & Imagined Village, died this week. On 13th March, after a long period of illness, Simon began his Great Adventure, heading home to the Summerlands, the Isles of the Blessed, as the Otherworld is sometimes called in Druidry.

I’ve known Simon for years, meeting him first in London, then on an OBOD retreat on Iona, and then numerous times over the years, most recently at the Lush HQ in Poole, working on one of their spa treatments before the pandemic, and then more recently still when we talked about his career on a Tea with a Druid broadcast. You can find that here, and on that post you’ll find links to other conversations with him.

Simon had a big heart, a wide range of interests, a highly developed social and political consciousness, and will be greatly missed by his Druid friends and within the wider world of music, and of course within his family. Dear Simon, May your Journey to the Blessed Isles be swift and sure! All our love, and many many blessings of deep peace to you!

Here are two photos a fellow Honorary Bard and member of the Afro-Celts, the harpist Myrdhin, has just sent over.

Myrddhin & Simon Emmerson October 96 London

Festival ART ROCK de St-Brieuc (Brittany) May 1997. Photo by Jean Pierre Corbel

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