Martin Simpson


Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018

Touring new solo album ‘Trails and Tribulations’

September, October & December 2018 + now booking throughout 2019.


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“Martin Simpson has transcended borders and oceans to quietly become a superb storyteller and musician of great depth and unquestionable taste.” Stephen Fearing

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

“What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and grace prevented him from answering this BBC Radio 4 interviewer’s question recently, but the facts speak for themselves.

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.

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.

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, 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. His own songwriting produced the poignant ‘Never Any Good’, from Prodigal Son, 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.

Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the great musicians he has worked with.

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. Martin’s eagerly awaited new solo album entitled Trails and Tribulations will be released 1st September 2017 on Topic Records. Album guests include Andy Cutting, Kathryn Tickell, Nancy Kerr and John Smith.

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, winning that particular accolade twice.

A virtuoso player without question, but above all Martin Simpson conveys his diverse treasure trove of material from the heart, performing with rare subtlety, intensity and honesty. A true master of his art.

“Martin is in a class of his own. He is such an expressive player; he is ingenious in his use of the guitar. You can listen to one of his songs and three or four minutes in, he has only used the top four strings and not even played a bass note yet, and when he does, it feels like an orchestra coming in. His clarity of playing is just amazing.” Jackson Browne

“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

‘One of our finest traditional musicians, Simpson’s latest album offers a roving overview of his talents’ **** 4 Stars Uncut

‘An excellent collection of material drawn from both sides of the Atlantic handled with loving care by Simpson and aided by some of the biggest names in folk’ **** 4 Stars Maverick

Tour Dates

02/03/2018The VicISLE OF ANGLESEY
03/03/2018The Floral PavilionNEW BRIGHTON
05/03/2018The GatehouseSTAFFORD
08/03/2018Crail Folk ClubCRAIL
09/03/2018Stonehaven Folk ClubSTONEHAVEN
10/03/2018Eastgate Theatre and Arts CentrePEEBLES
11/03/2018Milngavie Folk ClubMILNGAVIE
12/03/2018Perth TheatrePERTH
13/03/2018Dunoon Burgh HallDUNDOON
16/03/2018Ropery HallBARTON UPON HUMBER
23/03/2018John Peel Centre For Creative ArtsSTOWMARKET
24/03/2018The RailwayWINCHESTER
25/03/2018Hang Fire Southern KitchenBARRY
14/04/2018Ards Guitar FestivalNORTHERN IRELAND
19/04/2018The MetBURY
20/04/2018Mansfield Palace Studio TheatreMANSFIELD
21/04/2018Hertford St Andrew ChurchHERTFORD
28/04/2018Derby Peace ConcertDERBY
03/05/2018Cecil Sharp HouseLONDON
07/05/2018Traverse TheatreEDINBURGH
18/05/2018The Village Pump Folk ClubTROWBRIDGE
19/05/2018Whitchurch Folk ClubWHITCHURCH
25/05/2018Milkmaid Folk Arts CICBURY ST EDMUNDS
03/06/2018Fire In The MountainABERYSTWYTH
07/06/2018Theater De WegwijzerNIEUWE & ST JOOSLAND (The Netherlands)
08/06/2018Roots aan de ZaanZAANDAM (The Netherlands)
09/06/2018De LantaernZEVENAAR (The Netherlands)
10/06/2018Barn ConcertTIEL (Holland)
21/06/2018Huntingdon HallWORCESTER
23/06/2018Wadsworth Community CentreHEBDEN BRIDGE
28/06/2018The Marlowe StudioCANTERBURY
29/06/2018Connaught TheatreWORTHING
25/08/2018Towersey FestivalTHAME
08/09/2018Aylsham Festival Of Dance, Music and SongNORWICH
14/09/2018Blaxhall Village HallBLAXHALL
15/09/2018The Neeld Arts CentreCHIPPENHAM
21/09/2018Gala Theatre & CinemaDURHAM
22/09/2018The Frazer TheatreKNARESBOROUGH
28/09/2018The Goose is Out!LONDON
29/09/2018The LowrySALFORD
30/09/2018The HiveSHREWSBURY