English acoustic guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson has come a long way from his roots in Lincolnshire, Northern England. He played his first paid gig at fourteen, became professional at seventeen, and shortly after found himself in the van-guard on the British folk-rock movement. He has performed with such musical luminaries as Richard Thompson, Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, as well as working in the Albion Band and for ten years as collaborator and accompanist with June Tabor. More recently he has shared stages with Martin Taylor, Martin Carthy, Steve Miller and David Lindley, as well as recording with Ronnie Earl, Bob Brozman, Ed Gerhard and the Chinese pipe player Wu-Man. He continues to tour and record both solo and with his wife Jessica Ruby Simpson. Martin's dynamic solo guitar performances are legendary, showcasing his mastery of the acoustic guitar as well as his far-ranging repertoire. He possesses a seemingly effortless command of multiple complex styles, including powerful percussive techniques, unique frailing and fingerstyles and a ground breaking use of open tunings. This video presents a solo concert recorded at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California.
Tracklisting: - Medley of Airs: Long Steel Rail/donal Og/my Generous Lover - Betsy the Serving Maid - Lord Gregory - Roadkill - Medley: Poormouth/broke Down Engine - Gospel Medley: Wayfaring Stranger/go Down Moses/the Turtle and the Asp - Dreamtime - The Company You Keep - Icarus