Martin Simpson


06 Sep 2011

Purpose + Grace Pick Of The Bunch In 'Word' Magazine this month.

Martin's new CD has been getting great reviews in the music press, the latest being from one of our favourites, The Word.
Editor David Hepworth has Purpose + Grace as Pick Of The Bunch in his monthly round up of new releases and this is what he says...

"The only surprising quality of Martin Simpson’s recent run of albums has been their consistent quality. The make up of each one is similar: traditional songs of derring-do concerning the lives of General Wolfe and Jamie Foyers, contemporary songs by masters like Richard Thompson and Bruce Springsteen, tunes that showcase his dexterity on both the guitar and the banjo and reassuringly familiar standards such as Barb’ry Allen and Brother Can You Spare A Dime. I also like the fact that unlike nearly everyone else he understands the value of sleeve notes you can read and guitar tunings you can copy if you’re so disposed."

And here's what other reviewers have said ..

“It’s simply a great album from start to finish – wonderful tunes, superb musicianship, star guests and a unity of purpose about delivering a fitting tribute to the music he loves that raises the album to such a high level.” ★★★★1/2 The Telegraph

“Martin Simpson has been a guitar hero, accompanist, folk singer and songwriter – and there are reminders of all these in what is surely his most commercial recording to date. It’s notable not just for his guitar and banjo playing and thoughtful vocals, but for the special guests who are often invited to sing lead vocals.” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Nothing rushed, nothing overdone, yet the playing remains astonishing.” ★★★★ Guitarist

“One of our finest traditional musicians, Simpson’s latest album offers a roving overview of his talents.” ★★★★ UNCUT

“The breadth of this album makes it a joy to listen to, I’d be very hard pushed to choose a favourite but there is no doubt in my mind that it is a five star classic album!” Folk Radio UK

“It may well be the best album Simpson has made in his entire career.” Newcastle Chronicle

And there's more ..... we'll save those for later! All of us here are delighted, including Martin himself of course, who is also really touched by the enthusiastic emails we've received from fans saying how much they are enjoying the CD. Thank you all for your kind words and support.

Out now

Vagrant Stanzas
Vagrant Stanzas
CD, 2013

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Purpose & Grace
Purpose & Grace
CD, 2011

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Martin Simpson: Prodigal Son, The Concert
Martin Simpson: Prodigal Son, The Concert
DVD, 2009

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