Stew Simpson

A Musician, Artist, Actor & Writer

Stew Simpson (born June 25th 1978) is known as an English Singer/songwriter from Northumbrian/Cumbrian (UK) Folk Rock band Hadrian’s Union. Stew is less known for his work in fine art, acting, traditional acapella folk singing from the North East of England, his youtube channel on cooking (Mouthful of Stew) and coming later in 2019 his work on children’s literature, his first ever book ‘ Jemimah and the Black Unicorn’.

He has released 3 Albums with Hadrian’s Union, 2 solo albums, and a limited edition EP. For more information on Stew’s new album ‘Milk Man Son’ please follow the link to the Music section.

The last Hadrian’s Union album ‘Aural Borderalis’ was released to critical acclaim.



Five Stars – EFDSS Magazine
‘Folk Rock at it’s finest’
“Hadrians Union continue the long line of quirky English folk rock with aplomb wit and confidence- Long may they run.” Rick Kemp - Steeleye Span"

Stew has spent the last 20 years exploring many styles in the music world and eventually settling in the folk world. During this time he won Cfm (Cumbria FM) battle of the bands (2001), graduated from a fine art degree in 2004 at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts , wrote and recorded debut album “The Best of Yet to come” (Ruby Records), will be releasing a new album in 2019 (Milk Man Son) appeared at various festivals including, Brampton Live, Solfest, Music on the Marr, Towersey Festival, Broadstairs Folk week and was also a finalist in Lee jeans unsigned acts 2005.

Stew’s music has been played on BBC radio Cumbria, he has also appeared on BBC radio 4’s food programme, various TV and Film roles include,(channel 4) Big Brothers Big Mouth, The IT Crowd, The Golden Compass, Bourne Ultimatum, Billy Elliot, the last Jedi (Star Wars), Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Queen of Scots.

He has also acted in the main role of independent cinematographer’s work ‘Eden’ by Callum Lattimer released in 2018.

Stew has supported such artists, Roy Bailey, Chris Wood, Tom McConville, Jez Lowe, Boo Hewerdine, Kieran Halpin, The Paperboys, Chris Whiles and Julie Mathews (BBC folk award duo 2009).

Myrna Ray Carlisle folk and blues.

“Carlisle Folk and Blues Club looks forward to Stewart's return from London to perform for us. He's always a great crowd puller. We're expecting fantastic things from him as he pursues his solo career. He held the audience entranced during his last solo performance when he achieved amazing sounds on a variety of effect peddles ...a veritable one man band. With his eclectic mix of Indi-folk-roots music, largely self penned, enhanced by thoughtful, poetic lyrics and coupled with an enticing voice, we're always well entertained."