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The Full English


The Full English is a groundbreaking project sponsored by the English Folk Dance and Song Society that draws together for the first time the early 20th century folksong collections of Harry Albino, Lucy Broadwood, Clive Carey, Percy Grainger, Maud Karpeles, Frank [...]

The Full English2020-09-15T10:57:39+00:00

Martin Simpson – Vagrant Stanzas


Vagrant Stanzas is a splendid, intimate new recording from finger-style guitar maestro Martin Simpson. Encouraged by his near neighbour Richard Hawley, Martin set out to record his new album completely solo. The ambition was to record just one man and his guitar [...]

Martin Simpson – Vagrant Stanzas2019-10-25T11:25:53+00:00

Martin Simpson – Purpose + Grace


TSCD584Guitar virtuoso MARTIN SIMPSON returns with a fabulous new album. "Purpose + Grace, is in many ways the epiphany of his career. Martin has never chosen the shortest root to stardom but the choices he has made along the way have made [...]

Martin Simpson – Purpose + Grace2019-10-25T11:32:15+00:00

Martin & Jessica Simpson – True, Dare or Promise


A remarkable album from Martin Simpson and his then wife, Jessica, with the band Flash Company. True, Dare or Promise features some of Martin Simpson's most imaginative guitar playing through a remarkable series of arrangements that stretch British folk-rock towards the avant [...]

Martin & Jessica Simpson – True, Dare or Promise2021-04-28T11:34:41+00:00

Martin Simpson – Sad or High Kicking!


Martin Simpson has spoken of his early studio recordings as "scrapbooks of the millions of things that I was into at that time." For most fans this 1986 album displays a young master developing a remarkable relationship with his guitar. 1  Jazzman [...]

Martin Simpson – Sad or High Kicking!2021-04-27T15:26:53+00:00

Martin Simpson – Grinning In Your Face


Martin Simpson is justifiably regarded as one of the finest finger-style guitarists to have emerged from the British Isles. 'Grinning In Your Face' (1983) captures him at an early stage in his recording career, and is a remarkably assured and exuberant recording. [...]

Martin Simpson – Grinning In Your Face2021-04-27T15:24:06+00:00

Martin Simpson – Prodigal Son – The Concert DVD


With the release of Prodigal Son (winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award's album of the year 2008) Martin Simpson created a contemporary classic that effortlessly crossed musical boundaries and exhibited what many had known for years - here is one of [...]

Martin Simpson – Prodigal Son – The Concert DVD2019-10-28T11:01:58+00:00

Martin Simpson – The Bramble Briar


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 [...]

Martin Simpson – The Bramble Briar2019-10-28T16:04:31+00:00

Martin Simpson – Righteousness & Humidity


"The nearest thing this country has to Ry Cooder" The Big Issue Released in August 2003, this follow up to the award-winning album The Bramble Briar is a collection of new recordings, this time drawn from the American tradition and featuring his [...]

Martin Simpson – Righteousness & Humidity2019-10-31T11:30:21+00:00

Martin Simpson – Kind Letters


Martin Simpson says of this release, echoing the words of the writer Kazuo Ishiguo, "Traditional music is a treasure chest waiting to be opened", and he was never more aware of the beauty and the value of the contents of that hoard [...]

Martin Simpson – Kind Letters2019-10-28T16:28:02+00:00

Martin Simpson – Prodigal Son


With Prodigal Son Martin Simpson has made what is undoubtedly his finest recording to date. The album reflects the full breadth of his creativity, drawing on both British and American traditions as well as including several of his own outstanding compositions. Many [...]

Martin Simpson – Prodigal Son2019-11-07T16:06:56+00:00

Martin Simpson – True Stories


Everyone knows that Martin Simpson is one of the greatest guitarists in the world, combining immaculate technique with a highly musical sensitivity and sensibility. Martin Simpson's last album was a breakthrough, establishing him as a songwriter of real character and understanding as [...]

Martin Simpson – True Stories2019-10-28T17:14:39+00:00