John Fitzsimons and Robert Smith met in South London in 1981, when both were beginning their musical journeys. Members of the same housing co-op, they survived by selling cars, decorating rooms and rewiring houses. It was the days of cassette recording and they used the “new” technology to work together on songs. They both had some success with their own projects but continued the songwriting co-operation into the 80s and 90s. They both moved out of London to the South Coast (Robert) and the West Country (John), and sent tapes and cassettes by post to each other as song ideas developed. Some years later they released an album of these songs - still available on streaming services entitled “John (The Captain) Fitzsimons and Robert S Smith”. In 2017 they formed “Solo Noi” to explore writing in the jazzy pop genre, and released a first album “Uno” in 2019. The second album "Due" was released on October 1st 2021. Available now on all streaming service and on CD from CD Baby.
Some Radio stations now playing Solo Noi:
Country Barnyard 305 USA, Andy's Attic, Canada
Exmouth Air FM UK, Radio Augusta France, WQRY USA, INDEEZ Station USA, Net Radio France, TSSY France, Watts Fm Canada, Loxley Corner Actual Radio UK, U'L Jazz Alalabama
The second album took two years to complete, mainly via sending files over the internet, as neither John of Robert could safely travel from Exeter to Southampton to work "in person". The songs explore the journey into life, how we reflect on the past and what we wish for, looking at the future. It's emotional and reflective but also playful. You can download it, or listen on streaming media. To order the Cd - head to CD baby. There are no T shirts available, or mugs or bedspreads or car stickers or ringtones. yet.
Radio interview with DJ Nigel Tant on Exmouth FM
1st album - Uno
Solo Noi have been writing crossover jazz pop songs together. You'll get the idea if you listen to the songs.
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