Martin Simp­son Trails & Tribu­la­tions Topic

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A mu­si­cal trav­el­ogue from prime folk­ster

Martin Simp­son has re­leased 20 solo al­bums dur­ing his re­mark­able 40-year ca­reer and

Trails & Tribu­la­tions is yet an­other ex­am­ple of his craft and fi­nesse as both song­writer and acous­tic gui­tarist. The cen­tral theme of the al­bum is travel: “I travel, I learn songs, I write and try to get bet­ter at the skills re­quired for me to do my job…” he says. Kick­ing off with the folk sta­ple Blues Run The Game, the al­bum un­folds with a mix of tra­di­tional songs pep­pered with orig­i­nals, such as the ex­cel­lently evoca­tive Maps. Martin ex­changes his PRS acous­tics for banjo and elec­tric gui­tars dur­ing the stan­dard edi­tion’s 13 tracks – and there are an­other six if you choose the deluxe ver­sion. [DM] Stand­out track: Bones And Feath­ers For fans of: The Full English, Richard Thomp­son

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