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Friday, 2 August 2013

Martin Simpson : Vagrant Stanzas


Folk singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Simpson strips everything back to the basics, singing live accompanied just by close-miked guitar or banjo, and it’s spellbinding.

Whether putting his stamp on Bob Dylan’s North Country Blues or telling the poignant story of forgotten war medic Jack Kirkpatrick in self-penned Jackie And Murphy, he is in fine form.

An unexpected highlight is the instrumental Civil War memorial Blue Eyed Boston Boy, played unusually on electric guitar.

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