Traditional and contemporary folk from the British Isles

MARTIN SIMPSON ~ THE BRAMBLE BRIAR TSCD513

Arguably the finest finger style acoustic guitarist on the planet, Martin Simpson returns to Topic Records after a break of almost fifteen years. Surprisingly, this is his first recording of exclusively English material – predominately traditional, completely English and totally outstanding. Martin Simpson’s guitar and vocals have never sounded better and classic traditional material is delivered in subtle and innovative ways.

Best Album of the Year & Instrumentalist of the Year – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2002
• Included in the Mojo Magazine “Top 10 Folk Albums of 2001″
• “a musical genius at the height of his powers” folk buzz
“Simpson is a master of acoustic guitar styles. His supreme musicianship raises this CD of predominantly traditional and exclusively English songs to new heights.” Daily Telegraph

1  Polly On The Shore
2  The Lover’s Ghost
3  Fair Annie
4  Dives and Lazarus
5  The Four Angels
6  Betsy The Serving Maid
7  The Bramble Briar
8  Banks of Sweet Primroses
9  Rounding The Horn
10  The Princess Royal
11  Sammy’s Bar
12  Leaves of Life
13  Air For Maurice Ogg

Martin Simpson guitar, vocal
with
Martin Carthy guitar
Chris Parkinson accordion, harmonica
Jessica Radcliffe backing vocals
Barry Phillips cello

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