Born in Dublin in 1952, Simon is a self taught drummer, starting to play the drums at the age of 12, later moving to a new school, where he met Garry (Roberts) and formed the school band together playing songs by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Small Faces, The Kinks, The Yardbirds and The Who.
.........some years later The Boomtown Rats formed and Simon was soon to become a fast and dynamic drummer, while also helping out with the backing vocals.
"As Garry and I had played together before the Rats, we had something to kick off with and build upon", says Simon.
Simon's approach to the Rats music can be heard in the way the drums are laid down with 'attitude' & carefully constructed parts which greatly contribute to the arrangements and unique sound of the band.
Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy) once told him "if the drums aren't right, then nothing else can be", an adage that Simon completely took on board and still follows to this day. The dynamics and excitement of the Rats' music can be clearly heard stemming from the engine room of Simon's drumming.
During the early years of The Boomtown Rats, Simon played and endorsed Tama drums and Zildjian cymbals. He now uses a Yamaha 9000 recording series kit, with a Ludwig LM402 snare (as played by John Bonham) along with Zildjian cymbals.
Influences in his playing are as of the bands listed above, and rather than singling out favourite drummers, Simon maintains that it's the songs that matter.