Thursday 3rd December at Octagon Chapel
Nominated for Musician of the Year and for Best Album with ‘Vagrant Stanzas’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014
There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and “One Day”. Martin has been nominated an astounding 31 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk
Awards – more than any other performer – with 12 nominations for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for “Prodigal Son’ and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, “True Stories” and a win for Best Traditional Track, “Sir Patrick Spens”.
Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.
“One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene” – The Guardian
“Simpson has become a fine interpreter of traditional and other songs, as well as a notable writer of his own.” The Times
Thursday 3rd December
Octagon Unitarian Chapel, Colegate, Norwich
Tickets £15 – musicglue.com