Martin Simpson

There is no doubt that after 45 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. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Hawley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, Dom Flemons and - of course - Roy Bailey (with whom he regularly appears, unannounced, at Towersey Festival). The most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods, Martin's latest album is 2017's Trails and Tribulations, "... a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories."