43 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 201, every intimate solo gig he gives is a masterclass. Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker too, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving.
He is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, and Acoustic Guitar readers voted him number 12 guitarist in the world in 2005. He has received an astonishing 32 nominations for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – the most of any performer – with 13 of those for Musician of the Year, an award he won twice.
In September Topic Records will release Martin’s new album, a mixture of Simpson originals and traditional songs and tunes with guest appearances from friends old and new. As ever Martin is pushing in new directions, expect exquisite ensemble playing and solo magic.
“One of the virtuoso instrumentalists of the English music scene” ‘Sounds better than ever’ **** 4 Stars The Guardian
“Simpson has become a fine interpreter of traditional and other songs, as well as a notable writer of his own.” The Times
‘Simpson’s latest is a potent blend of the highest calibre…Simpson has never sung or played better’ Acoustic Magazine