Folk in the Barn
Gig Diary

St Agnes Fountain - SOLD OUT

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Albion Christmas Band - SOLD OUT

Tuesday 19th December 2017

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Ewan McLennan

Sunday 7th January 2018

The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, Canterbury

Fraser Nimmo

Sunday 14th January 2018

The Black Robin Inn, Kingston, nr Canterbury

Miranda Sykes

Sunday 21st January 2018

The Fitzwalter Room, Goodnestone Park, Canterbury

GIG DIARY

Martin Simpson supported by James Riley

Sunday 10th September 2017

Gulbenkian, Canterbury


Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start

Tickets 
Full price £15
Students  £7

Box Office  01227 769075  
boxoffice@kent.ac.uk    
Book Online HERE

Martin Simpson – A Master of His Art

Martin Simpson has transcended borders and oceans to quietly become a superb storyteller and musician of great depth and unquestionable taste. Stephen Fearing

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength - every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

“What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and grace prevented him from answering this BBC Radio 4 interviewer’s question recently, but the facts speak for themselves.  He has had the most nominations of any performer in the 15 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, an astonishing 31 times, 12 of those as Musician of the Year, winning that particular accolade twice, and is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time.

Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. His own songwriting produced the poignant ‘Never Any Good’, from Prodigal Son, 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.

Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the great musicians he has worked with. His eagerly awaited new solo album entitled Trails and Tribulations will be released in September 2017 on Topic Records. Album guests include Andy Cutting, Kathryn Tickell, Nancy Kerr and John Smith

A virtuoso player without question, but above all Martin Simpson conveys his diverse treasure trove of material from the heart, performing with rare subtlety, intensity and honesty. A true master of his art.

“Martin is in a class of his own. He is such an expressive player; he is ingenious in his use of the guitar. You can listen to one of his songs and three or four minutes in, he has only used the top four strings and not even played a bass note yet, and when he does, it feels like an orchestra coming in. His clarity of playing is just amazing.” Jackson Browne

www.martinsimpson.com






With support from James Riley

If two years in Nashville taught London-boy James Riley anything, it’s the power of a good song.  Returning to the UK this summer with a slew of fresh material, Riley’s sound is a heady elixir of modern folk and classic soul in no small measure influenced by the fiery integrity of Tennessee’s songwriting tradition

"Phenomenal"   Dick Gaughan

“James Riley won’t be one of the best kept secrets on the London folk scene for much longer”   For Folk’s Sake

www.jamesrileymusic.com

- Date Added 26/07/2017