True Stories (Compass, 2009)
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Martin Simpson has become one of the most important figures in English folk music. He is an excellent guitarist, songwriter and significant vocalist. On his latest recording, True Stories, Simpson presents a collection of original pieces and traditional material, showcasing his talent as an acoustic guitarist (he is one of the best within the genre) and songwriter. True Stories includes some of England’s best musicians, including bass legend Danny Thompson, Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, pedal steel legend BJ Cole, Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden and many others. Joining Simpson’s guitar and vocals are the accordion, hurdy gurdy and, occasionally, other instruments. The results is yet another fine collection of English folk, blues and contemporary acoustic sounds.
Martin Simpson is a regular nominee at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was named Musician Of The Year in both 2002 and 2004 and won both Best Original Song for "Never Any Good" and Best Album for Prodigal Son in 2008. Martin’s career has included collaborations on stage and in the studio with Kelly Joe Phelps, Danu, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Dick Gaughan and David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos).
Martin Simpson’s True Stories is a fine blend of dazzling acoustic guitar and insightful songs.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.