Martin Simpson (born 1953)

English singer of blues, traditional and contemporary songs. Also noted as accomplished guitarist to accompany June Tabor's singing. 

(Martin Simpson has also recorded with June Tabor and The Albion Band) 
(Martin moved to America in 1986)
(Jessica Radcliffe is the same person as Jessica Ruby Simpson)


Golden Vanity1976 TrailerLER 2099 
Special Agent1981 WaterfrontWF 008 
Grinning In Your Face1983 Topic12TS 430
[Reissue]? Fledg'lingFLED3021
Sad or High Kicking1985 Topic12TS 438
[Reissue]? Fledg'lingFLED3022
Leaves of Life1990 Shanachie97008 
When I Was On Horseback1992 Shanachie97016 
A Closer Walk With Thee1993 Gourd 
Red Roses1995 Rhiannon RecordsRHYD5001
Smoke and Mirrors (blues) 1995Rhiannon Records RHYD5011
Cool and Unusual (instr)1997 Red House Records 
Bootleg USA1999  
The Bramble Briar2001 TopicTSCD513
Righteousness and Humidity2003 TopicTSCD540
[Reissue]? Red House Records 
Kind Letters2005 TopicTSCD553
Prodigal Son2007 TopicTSCD567
[Reissue]2008 Compass4466
[Reissue] (vinyl)2009 Three Black Feathers 
True Stories2009 TopicTSCD5008

Live Albums.

Title. year. Label. Number.
Live (recorded 1994, Oxford)1997 Red House Records 
61 Highway1999 ? 
Bootleg USA2009 Simpsonian 

Collaborations - Martin and Jessica Ruby Simpson.

Truth Dare or Promise1987  
Band Of Angels1996 Red House 

Collaborations - Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom and Martin Simpson.

Beautiful Darkness: Creating the Winter Solstice2001 High Bohemia Records 002 

Collaborations - Martin Simpson and Wu Man.

Music for the Motherless Child 1996  

Collaborations - Martin Simpson, David Hidalgo and Viji Krishnan.

Kambara Music in Native Tongues 1998  

Collaborations - Eliza Gilkyson, Guy Davis, Rosalie Sorrels, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Martin Simpson et al.

A Nod To Bob - An Artists Tribute to Bob Dylan  On His Sixtieth Birthday2001 Red House Records  


The Collection1994 Shanachie 79089 
The Definitive Collection2004 Highpoint 

Best Albums(*).

Title. year.
The Bramble Briar2001
Kind Letters2005
The Definitive Collection2004
Prodigal Son2007

(*)Based on critical opinion.

Popular downloads.

Boots of Spanish Leather
Never Any Good
The First Cut is The Deepest
Louisiana 1927
Batchelor's Hall
Mother Love
Living in the Country

Anthology - Davey Graham, Martin Simpson, Richard Royal Baker (*), John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman.

Music of Ireland: Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes and Marches 1979  
[Reissued as "Music of Ireland Airs Jigs Reels Hornpipes and Marches"] 2005Shanachie 97004
(* Richard Royal Baker is Duck Baker)

Anthology - Rubber Folk: a Folk Tribute to the Beatles.

Album title. year Label. Number.
Rubber Folk: a Folk Tribute to the Beatles (*) 2006 Keltia Musique- KMCD63
(* One track only - "I'm Looking through You")

Anthology - Altan, Kate Rusby, Beth Orton, Martin Simpson, Eliza Carthy, Joan Baez et al.

Album title. year Label. Number.
Cool as Folk: Cambridge Folk Festival (live)2007 ??

Various artists - Tribute album: Christine Collister, Martin Simpson, The Fraser Sisters, Tom Robinson, Sally Barker, The House Band, Ron Kavana, Victoria Williams et al.

The World is a Wonderful Place - Songs of Richard Thompson 1993 Hokey Pokey HPR 2003.2
[Reissued] 1993Green LinnetGLCD 3086


Album title. year Label. Number.
Where Have All the Flowers Gone: the Songs of Pete Seeger 1998 Appleseed 1024
A Nod to Bob (Dylan Tribute) 2001  
Seeds: the Songs of Pete Seeger Vol 3 2003  
A Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues 2005  

Martin Simpson as session musician.

June Tabor: Ashes And Diamonds1977
June Tabor: A Cut Above1980
June Tabor: Abyssinians1983
Albion: Lark Rise To Candleford1980
Chris Leslie: The Flow1997
Julie Murphy: Black Mountain Revisited1999
Chris Leslie: The Flow2002
June Tabor:  An Echo of Hooves2003
June Tabor: At The Wood's Heart2005
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan: Strand of Gold2006


Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals - Martin Simpson Vol 11993 
Ramble to Cashel - Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar Vol 1 (*) 2003 
Instrumentals 22005 
Martins 4 (**)2005 
In Concert at the Freight and Salvage (Berkeley, California)2005 
The Prodigal Son - In Concert 2009 

(*) Pierre Bensusan, Martin Simpson and Duck Baker.
(**) Martin Carthy, Martin Simpson, Martin Taylor and Juan Martin.

Book: "Cool and Unusual: Creative Fingerstyle Guitar Solos" (2000).

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Last updated on 22/09/2010