Martin Simpson


Martin's guitar workshops are open to players of all levels, you just have to be desirous of learning.

Come armed with as many questions as you can think of to do with the guitar and immerse yourself in all things guitar-related for the weekend. The workshops are completely question led and do not involve anyone - except Martin - playing in front of anyone else during the days. The evenings are given over to sessions and trying out things that were talked about during the day. There is plenty of time to collar Martin in the bar, or the workshop room, for a one to one chat but most of the time we find that people are eager to try out concepts discussed earlier on.

Martin is often working on new arrangements at the time of the workshops and is happy to demonstrate how he chooses songs or starts to work on tunes and original ideas. Above all though, the workshops are determined by the things participants want to talk about and everyone from beginners to professionals come away inspired and energised by the two and a half days ... particularly Martin himself. Believe us, he wants to do nothing but talk about guitar all weekend as much as you do .....!

Friday starts at around 6pm and goes through til an evening meal about 8pm, with informal playing, talking and sessions in the evening.
Saturday runs from 10am through to the evening again. With breaks.
Sunday runs from 10am - 4.30/5.00pm to give people time to get home that evening.

Sheffield Workshops

November 8th, 9th & 10th November 2019

Welcome to the workshop page for 2019.
As many of you will know, we have held the workshops in the lovely Kenwood Hall Hotel in the leafy suburb of Sheffield, near to what is known in Sheffield as 'Millionaires Row', (tongue-in-cheek mind), aka Ecclesall Road and Hunter's Bar.

The Kenwood Hall Hotel staff have always proved themselves to be very helpful and friendly and people often stay on for a day or two afterwards to see a bit of the local area, which is beautiful. On many occasions, delegates have brought partners with them for the weekend and the hotel are happy to negotiate very decent rates for partners accommodation and will also add them to the lunch and/or evening meal numbers if so required.

The hotel itself provides spacious rooms, all with classical décor and many with views of the lake and gardens. It is within easy reach of Sheffield's popular shopping district and the scenic landscape of the Peak District and Sheffield City Centre are both easily accessible, by public transport and by car.

There are 12 elegant Victorian-style meeting rooms, perfect for events and we have booked one of them for Martin's November workshop.

The special rate for workshop attendees is only £130.00 per night, with a day delegate rate on the Sunday of £40.00, which is great value when you consider that it includes overnight accommodation, 3 course dinner, full English Breakfast, use of the main meeting room for workshop delegates, unlimited tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day, buffet lunch, bottled water and sweets, WI-Fi Internet access and use of the leisure facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

This offer is NOT available online and should be booked with the hotel directly on 0114 258 3811, quoting 'mar081119'. Or alternatively you can email

There are a limited number of workshop places available to people who live locally and who may not wish to stay at the hotel. A day rate of £40 pp for use of the meeting room and refreshments is payable to the hotel in this case.

You can find more information about Kenwood Hall Hotel on line at

The price for the workshop is £225.00 for tuition only. Hotel accommodation costs are separate and are as above. Please book a workshop place with us before booking with the hotel.

Once your booking has been confirmed by Kit Bailey or Martin Simpson, a £75.00, non-refundable deposit is required, payable to Brass Tacks - PLEASE EMAIL / CALL FOR DETAILS

2019 Sheffield Guitar Workshop Details Now Here!

Martin's highly popular weekend guitar workshop will be held in November again this year, in Sheffield and at the lovely Kenwood Hall Hotel.
It's a great weekend of music with new and old friends, with many people coming back multiple times.
The tuition fee has stayed the same for many years now and this year the hotel has kept it's prices the same as last year. Come along and bring all your guitar related questions and conundrums - there's nothing Martin likes more than talking guitar with fellow fiends! Unless it's talking banjos of course.
You honestly don't need to be of any particular standard, no one is made to play anything in front of anyone else and everyone from beginners to teachers to performers always get so much out of it.
Full details on the workshop page of this website.

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