Martin Black and White

New Patreon Page

"I got my first guitar at Christmas when I was 12 years old. Since then I have never ceased to strive to improve my playing, my understanding of music and my ability to communicate my love of what I do. I consider myself massively fortunate to have such a clear picture of how my life should go. Over the years I have made so many friends in the course of gigging, recording, conducting workshops, and sharing my love and enthusiasm for musical instruments. In this Patreon community I ...
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Martin bootleg

Live Before Lockdown, Bootleg 2019

A new Martin Simpson recording, available exclusively from Bandcamp on Friday 2 April 2021 - 'Live Before Lockdown, Bootleg 2019' In 2019, just before Christmas, Martin performed his last concert of the year in his home town of Sheffield. It was recorded, with no particular plan to release, through the mixing desk by Tom Wright, Martin’s front of house engineer on the night. It is a testament to the respective talents of these two friends how jaw-droppingly good this recording sounds.  Little did we know what was to ...
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The Bramble Briar

The Bramble Briar is 20!

2021 makes the 20th Birthday of Martin’s 'Bramble Briar’ release and Martin is planning a series of celebrations of this pivotal recording. Check out the Video section of this website for an introduction …. and keep an eye out on Martin’s socials for some more Bramble Briar related news. "In the year 2000, I was living in New Orleans, but contemplating a return to England. A friend of mine who came to stay in NOLA remarked that it felt like living at the circus… At the time I ...
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The Magpie Arc

"Hello everyone, hope you’re all well and safe and as happy as possible? I'm feeling relieved to have had my first Covid 19 vaccination and glad to be tentatively seeing some hopeful light at the end of the tunnel. I'm keeping my mask on though for now … One of the projects that we’ve managed to pull together at a distance during lock down, has been new music with our band, The Magpie Arc and I am thoroughly enjoying flexing my electric guitar playing chops, along side the ...
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Last Posting Day for Christmas!!

Hello everyone! TODAY (Fri 18th Dec) is the last posting day for Christmas delivery from our website shop, so please do take a look and if you’d like something posting, order before 3pm to give us time to get it in the postbox at 4:45pm today. If you’d like anything signed with a special message we can do that - Martin’s not going anywhere! Just let us know when you place your order. All orders over the holidays will be sent out just the same, but today is ...
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Martin on a bench with guitars

Second Guitar workshop announced!

Martin is delighted to announce that we have been able to arrange a second online, all day workshop on Saturday 5th December this year.We had a long waiting list for the first one, but in order to not overwhelm the day and make sure that everyone who wanted to, got a chance to ask questions etc we kept the numbers to a manageable 40. We’re very pleased to say that it was a great success, with the many positives that an online workshop offer making up for the ...
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