Look Up, Look Down
Sir Patrick Spens
The Wind & The Rain
Lord Thomas & Fair Ellender
Done It Again
An Englishman Abroad
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Featuring: Keith Angel on percussion , Jon Boden (Bellowhead) on fiddle, BJ Cole on pedal steel, Andy Cutting (ex- Kate Rusby Band) on melodeon, Nigel Eaton (ex-Page & Plant) on hurdy gurdy, Muireann Nic Amlaoibh (Danú) on backing vocals, Philip Selway (Radiohead) on drums, Andy Seward and Danny Thompson on bass and Kellie While on backing vocals.
With an AMAZING band complementing his fabulous guitar playing, “True Stories” is also the first Martin Simpson release to feature an equal mixture of self-composed and traditional material. It’s a fantastic blend of new and old styles and sounds, with stand out tracks being “Look Up, Look Down”, “Home Again”, “One Day” and “Stagolee”. A fabulous reception in Mojo, Bass & Guitar Magazine and The Independent “Information”, which gave the CD 5 stars, has led to radio play on The Radcliffe & Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2, a guest spot on Simon Mayo’s Show on BBC Radio 5 Live and a feature on BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding Show. The album outsold everyone else at the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival and shows Martin’s talents as a songwriter and arranger off to their maximum effect!
“Without doubt, one of the present-day, defining instrumentalists of the English music scene.” Uncut 4*
“It’s all damn near faultless.” Uncut 4*
“Formidable.” Mojo 4*
“...tasty mix of trad and original material.” Q
“The guitarist and singer from Scunthorpe has established a mature solo career that spans American and British folk traditions with aplomb and feeling.” The Independent 5*
“His latest composition confirms he is on top form....he again delivers a beautifully crafted mix of traditional songs and new compositions” The Sun 4/5
“A very classy set” The Guardian 4*
“Reliably, a Martin Simpson album will include one song that will break your heart” Financial Times 4*
“...the latest triumph....an album that revitalises northern English and Scottish folk with verve, intimacy and immense sensitivity.” Metro
“English tradtionalist at the very top of his game.” Guitarist 4*
“Folk at its finest.” Sunday Mercury
“True Stories is awash with things to admire and love.” Guitar & Bass
“The late flowering of Scunthorpe’s folk hero continues.” Observer Music Monthly 4*