BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominee 2018: Musician Of The Year.
World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson releases his 20th solo album in 40 years 'Trails & Tribulations' on September 1st 2017 via Topic Records. Produced and engineered by Andy Bell, 'Trails & Tribulations' features some of Martin's most inventive playing yet, showcasing his virtuosity on a variety of instruments including acoustic guitars, resonator guitars, Weissenbown lap steel guitar, electric guitars, 5 string banjo, ukulele ? and voice.
Guest musicians on the new album are: Ben Nicholls (string bass and electric bass guitars), Toby Kearney (drums and percussion), Nancy Kerr (fiddle and viola), Andy Cutting (diatonic accordion and melodeon), John Smith (electric guitar and backing vocals), Helen Bell (strings), Amy Newhouse-Smith (backing vocals) and, for the first time on record, his daughter Molly Simpson on vocals.
Hand in hand with his long and storied solo career, Martin has been central to seminal collaborations like The Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and Simpson Cutting Kerr. He has worked with a dazzling array of artists 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, to mention a few. He is consistently named as one of the very finest acoustic, fingerstyle and slide guitar players in the world and is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods. A true master of his art.
"Trails & Tribulations' is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. There are traditional songs, poems and contemporary songs by great writers, and songs that I had to write because nobody else knew what I wanted to say. I travel, I learn songs, I write and try to get better at the skills required for me to do my job. I look at the world as I pass by, on the road, out of the train window, or as I stop and pay close attention to the square foot under my nose. There is so much to see and to hear and to inspire and to try and understand. I had a huge amount of fun playing and recording these songs, using different instruments, different noises, old friends and new ones, all of whom brought so much to the mix." - Martin Simpson, April 2017.
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“"Martin Simpson in "probably made his best album ever" shock."”fRoots
“"Beautiful work Martin, you should move a folkin' mountain with this."”Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
“"A beautiful new release by the superb British musician, and my dear friend, Martin Simpson. Compelling, evocative guitar, banjo, singing."”Happy Traum
“"Martin Simpson's music has been in my head for a long while now - and shows no sign of ever wishing to leave. I've walked miles to the memory of his songs, and this beautiful new album speaks to preoccupations and passions held by many: landscape and belonging, walking and nature, songline and story. It's a rich, resonant album about the darkness as well as the dreams that places can inspire in us." ”Robert Macfarlane (Author)
“"With a touch and tone unrivalled in Folk, or any music really, Martin Simpson gives us these 13 spellbinding narratives. Timeless and true, ancient and new."”Jackson Browne
“"His best yet - and that's saying something!"”Jon Boden
“"A stunning album"”Mike Harding
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|2||Bones And Feathers||-|
|5||Katherine Of Aragon Interlude||-|
|6||A Ballad For Katherine Of Aragon||-|
|8||St. James Hospital||-|
|11||Rufford Park Poachers||-|