40 years after he recorded his first album, 'Golden Vanity', in 1976, 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.
In September Topic Records will release Martin’s new album, a mixture of Simpson originals and traditional songs, plus tunes with guest appearances from friends old and new. As ever Martin is pushing in new directions, expect exquisite ensemble playing and solo magic.
In recent years, he has been a lynchpin in the award-winning Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and, in 2015, recorded 'Murmurs', an exciting new album with Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr.
He has had the most nominations of any performer in the 18 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (an astonishing 32 times) - 13 of those as Musician of the Year (most recently in 2018), winning that particular accolade twice, and he's been listed by Gibson Guitars’ as one of the Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time.
“Simpson has become a fine interpreter of traditional and other songs, as well as a notable writer of his own” - The Times
Photo credit: Judith Burrows
Venue: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
*Includes £1 booking fee
This event is promoted by The Apex in association with Milkmaid Folk