"Martin Simpson" (b 1953) is an English guitarist. He was born on 5 May 1953 in Scunthorpe, England. By the age of 12 he was playing guitar and banjo. In 1970 he dropped out of college to become a full-time professional musician, touring folk clubs. In 1976 he recorded his first solo album "Golden Vanity". In the same year he opened for Steeleye Span on their UK tour. Teaming up with June Tabor, a folk singer who didn't play an instrument, Martin toured folk clubs and appeared at festivals. They recorded three albums together, highlighting each other's complementary talents. There was a fluid jazzy feel about their approach to traditional material. In 1985 he married an American singer Jessica Radcliffe. Together they recorded "Truth Dare or Promise" (1987) and shortly afterwards relocated to America, living initially in Ithaca, New York.
Over the next ten years he became more and more adventurous, playing blues, bluegrass, cajun and even Indian-inflected music. "Cool and Unusual" (1997) lived up to its title. Several admired guitarists joined him on this all-instrumental album, including David Lindley. "A Closer Walk With Thee" presented Christian hymns. "Smoke and Mirrors" w...