Supported by Don Mac
More than forty years after recording 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, as well as his own compositions, Simpson is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
He is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top Thirty Acoustic Guitarists of all time, and readers of Acoustic Guitar 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 are those of an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, he is a remarkable storyteller: both captivating and profoundly moving. His own songwriting produced the poignant Never Any Good, from Prodigal Son, which was named 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.
Simpson continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of artists from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, June Tabor, David Hidalgo, Danú, Danny Thompson, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the musical greats he has worked with.