English acoustic guitar master Martin Simpson comes to Harrison


Oct 18


The Harrison Festival Society presents the 1st concert in its 42nd Season of the Performing Arts, with a rare west coast appearance by legendary British folk guitarist and singer Martin Simpson.


40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin Simpson is well established as
a masterful and influential artist of the highest calibre. Equally at home playing English traditional folk,
American folk and blues, and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest
fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
Martin Simpson is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 acoustic guitarists of all time. He has had the most
nominations of any performer in the 18 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, an astonishing 32 times,
13 of those as Musician of the Year, winning that particular accolade twice.
Martin’s solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material
from the living folk tradition, or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable
storyteller – captivating and profoundly moving. Of his recently released album, Rooted, Martin writes
“The music and songs embrace nature and travel, mental health, real life stories, loss, politics and
history… and the threads that bind all this together can be followed back a long way, to 1965 when I got
my first guitar and started to soak up material and ideas at a very rapid rate.”
Along with his decades worth of back catalogue solo work, Martin is known as a collaborator and
accompanist to many of folk music’s luminaries. Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of
people from across the musical spectrum: among those he has worked with are Jackson Browne, Martin
Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, and Richard
The show begins at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30pm. Tickets for Martin Simpson are $25.00 and
can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the
Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.



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