Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson is live and local at The Lights on Saturday, 28 January.
There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. His interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling, and 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-time music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own song writing has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, Love Never Dies to the profoundly moving Never Any Good and One Day.
Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the 15 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with nine consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice.
Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.