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Pop/Rock - Released June 20, 2005 | Shanachie

This is all really good stuff, and acoustic guitarist Simpson has made a nice selection of pieces to perform on this album -- songs and laments from England and Ireland. To be sure, Simpson performs very well, as does Erio Aceto, here heard playing electric violin and mandolin. The problem, is that out of twelve classic songs, not a one sticks to the ribs of the mind, even after playing the disc numerous times. There is an overwhelming sense of some element missing, and perhaps it's passion. All these pieces are performed with a professional, perfect blandness that belies their nature and origin. In aiming for such a clean rendition, Simpson seems to have lost connection with their spirit, rendering numbers such as "The Greenfields of America" and "McCrimmon's Lament" to the status of background music. Overall, it's listenable enough, and pleasantly enjoyable, but ultimately forgettable. As with the other albums in the Guitar Artistry series. this one comes with a tablature book for budding guitarists. ~ Steven McDonald
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Pop/Rock - Released June 20, 2005 | Shanachie

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Folk/Americana - Released July 6, 2009 | Beautiful Jo

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Folk/Americana - Released July 6, 2009 | Beautiful Jo

Fans of Simpson's meld of traditional Celtic and the blues and spirituals of African-Americans can get a taste of a Simpson performance in this one-man acoustic show, performed at the Holywell Music Room at Oxford in October 1994. The artist is in excellent form throughout. His acoustic guitar is the perfect backdrop for his smoky voice. The songs are uniformly superb, whether from traditional sources or Simpson's own pen. Especially effective is "Lilith," which he dedicates to victims of bigotry and violence, and the opening "Dreanitime," written for and about Nipper Kapirigi, tribal elder of the Australian Kakadu tribe. ~ Ross Boissoneau

Pop - Released February 22, 2019 | Topic Records

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Pop/Rock - Released June 20, 2005 | Shanachie

Guitarist Martin Simpson has been recognized for bringing together the drive of Celtic melodies in the atmosphere of New Age. Included on this album are several pieces which are American in origin, traditional and new compositions firmly based on traditional styles and airs (that is, melodies of songs). The instrumentation includes acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, violect, cello, shrutibox and electric bass guitar. (The CD booklet includes guitar sheet music). ~ MusD
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Pop/Rock - Released June 20, 2005 | Shanachie