Highlight of season at Montrose Folk Club

Martin Simpson.

Martin Simpson.

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Martin Simpson will be the guest at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Mid Links, Montrose on Thursday , November 14.

The appearance of Martin Simpson is probably the highlight of 2013 for Montrose Folk Club.

Martin is regarded by many as the most skilled folk guitarist currently playing on the British and American folk scene.

Over the years, he has also become an outstanding singer, whose material covers the whole spectrum of Acoustic Blues, as well as the folk music of North America and the British Isles.

There is no one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and Old-time music than Martin Simpson. He learned much during 15years living in the U.S.A. In addition, his own songwriting has produced some real gems from the truck-stop epic, ‘Love Never Dies’ to the profoundly moving ‘Never Any Good’ and ‘One Day’.

There is no doubt that after 30 years as a professional musician, Martin is now better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

Martin has been nominated an outstanding 26 times in the 12 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. This is more than any other performer. He had nine consecutive years as nominee for Musician of the Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible five nominations for his CD ‘Prodigal Son’ and two wins. In 2012, he had an unprecedented six nominations for his CD ‘True Stories’ and a win for Best Traditional Track with ‘Sir Patrick Spens’.

The 2012 nominations for Martin Simpson included Best Album for ‘Purpose and Grace’, Best Traditional Track for ‘The Lakes of Ponchartrain’ and Best Musician. Whether playing American old-time music, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a performer of immense subtlety.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a great evening of quality music next Thursday in The Links Hotel. The doors will be open at 7.30 p.m. with Martin on the stage at 8 p.m.