THE highlight of the current season at Montrose Folk Club is the appearance of Martin Simpson in the Links Hotel next Tuesday evening (November 15).
Martin is probably the biggest star currently performing on the English folk scene. There is no one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music. He has been nominated an outstanding 23 times in the 11 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, more than any other performer.
He was a nominee for Musician of the Year for nine consecutive years and won twice. 2008 saw an incredible five nominations for his CD entitled “Prodigal Son” and two wins. In 2010, he had an unprecedented six nominations, including for his 2010 CD “True Stories” and won the award for best traditional track with his version of “Sir Patrick Spens”. The 15 years Martin spent living in the US were well spent. His music is suffused with a love of Blues and Afro-American music.
Martin is undoubtedly one of the world’s best acoustic guitarists, as well as being a fine singer. His guitar playing is instantly recognisable and revered amongst fans. His repertoire is diverse, encompassing all types of traditional and acoustic music, including Blues, whilst he has collaborated with a bewildering variety of musicians from June Tabor to Jackson Browne.
In recent years, 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”.
Whether playing American old-time music, Blues, Dylan Songs, or his own material, Martin is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.
There is certain to be a big crowd at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday to hear one of the current greats of the acoustic music scene. The doors at the Links Hotel will be open at 7.30pm with Martin on stage at 8 pm. Everyone is welcome.