Fleetwood hosts one of the world’s top musicians

Martin simpson - marine hall
Martin simpson - marine hall
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Acclaimed guitarist Martin Simpson (left) headlines at The Marine Hall in Fleetwood tomorrow at 8pm.

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-time music than Simpson.

His 15 years living in the US were well spent. 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.

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, Martin Taylor, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more.

Martin has been nominated 23 times in the 11 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with nine consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible five nominations for Prodigal Son and two wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented six nominations for his CD, True Stories and a win for Best Traditional Track, Sir Patrick Spens.

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety. Tickets are £12 on (01253) 887693, online at www.marinehall.co.uk or on the door.