Martin returned to DHFC in 2010 with his trio, Andy Cutting (melodeon) and Andy Seward (couble bass) – this was another brilliant night!
Described by the Sunday Times as “one of the UK’s finest folk musicians”, the Goose reckons that Martin is probably the best acoustic guitarist in the UK. BBC Radio 2 Folk and Acoustic Reviews said “Although it’s his guitar virtuosity that’s frequently lauded, it’s as an interpreter of song that Martin Simpson really scores.”
Martin has been nominated an astounding 23 times in the eleven years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for “Prodigal Son’ and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, “True Stories” and a win for Best Traditional Track, “Sir Patrick Spens”.
Andy Cutting has been a consistent musical force since he came swiftly to prominence with the innovative Blowzabella. He is also highly respected for his duo work with Chris Wood, and has just released a solo album.
Andy Seward has played bass with artists such as John Tams, Kate Rusby, Eddi Reader and Martin Simpson. He is also a highly respected recording engineer and producer and amongst his hundreds of recording credits are albums for Kris Drever, Eddi Reader, Kate Rusby, Johnny Dickinson, and Roddy Woomble