THOSE that knew and loved Newcastle’s Simon Lambert remember him as a perfectionist, especially when it came to his beloved music.
That’s why Lambert’s cousin Stephen Askew and friend Adam Schilli have diligently spent eight years labouring over unreleased demos, which were due to be recorded in Sydney only a week after his tragic death in 2009.
Lambert, who often performed under the name Jimmy Nolan, died aged 30 when he fell off his terrace balcony while sleepwalking.
Earlier this month Lambert’s debut album Still Around was released with Askew and Schilli adding guitars, bass, drums and backing vocals to the original demos.
In December Askew and Schilli plan to perform Still Around with fellow friends Andrew Carty, Ben Russell and Simon Hill.
The title track was written by Lambert six months before his death out of concern for his mother after all her sons had moved out of home.
The song’s chorus of “she cannot see that there’s so much of me still around,” has taken on greater meaning since Lambert’s passing.
“It has been hard to complete but we hope we have done his talent justice,” Askew said.
“Simon was such a talent, his songs have to be heard. It also helps give us and those close to him some closure.”