> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Golden Vanity

Golden Vanity

Martin Simpson: Golden Vanity (Trailer LER 2099)

Golden Vanity
Martin Simpson

Trailer LER 2099 (LP, UK, 1976)

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Recorded and produced by Bill Leader at Leader Sound;
Sleeve designed by Al Schmidt and Janet Kerr

Musicians

Martin Simpson, vocals, banjo, guitar;
Al Schmidt, harmonicas;
Peter Thompson, bass guitar

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Beaulampkin (Roud 6; Child 93; G/D 2:187)
  2. Snowdrop
  3. The Bitter Withy (Roud 452)
  4. Cindy
  5. Golden Vanity (Roud 122; Child 286; G/D 1:37)
  1. Soldier's Joy
  2. Pretty Polly (Roud 329)
  3. Love Minus Zero / No Limit
  4. George Campbell (Roud 338; Child 210)
  5. Gotta Little Home to Go to
  6. Louisiana 1927

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson except
Track 2 Kirk McGhee;
Track 8 Bob Dylan;
Track 11 Randy Newman

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Special Agent

Special Agent

Martin Simpson: Special Agent (Waterfront WF008)

Special Agent
Martin Simpson

Waterfront Music WF008 (LP, UK, 1981)
Fledg'ling Records FLED 3005 (CD w/ bonus tracks, UK, 1995)

Martin Simpson: Special Agent (Fledg'ling FLED 3005)
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Produced by Ric Sanders and Martin Simpson at Moor Green Studios, Rock,Wyre Forest;
Engineered by Robin Brown;
Photography by Louisa Livingstone;
Tracks 13-16 produced by Trevor White in 1995

Musicians

LPCD Bonus Tracks

Martin Simpson, acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, fretted and fretless banjo, vocals;
Dave Bristow, piano;
Andrew Cronshaw, hammered dulcimer;
Jonathan Davie, electric bass guitars;
Michael Gregory, drums, percussion;
Louisa Livingstone, vocals;
Rob Mason, harmonica;
Ric Sanders, violin

Martin Simpson, guitars, vocals;
Rob Mason, harmonica;
Jonathan Davie, electric bass guitar;
Mickey Barker, drums

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Special Agent (3.30)
  2. Desperadoes Waiting for a Train (6.06)
  3. Guitar Medley: The Frost Is All Over / The Red-Headed Boil (2.22)
  4. Roustabout (Roud 16965) (4.52)
  5. Jamaica Farewell (3.32)
  6. Banjo Medley: Barlow Knife / Shoot the Turkey Buzzard / Denis Murphey's Polka (2.31)
  1. Joshua Gone Barbados (5.07)
  2. MacCrimmon’s Lament (Roud 5134) (4.07)
  3. Broke Down Engine (Roud 23774) (2.20)
  4. The Demon Lover (Roud 14; Child 243; G/D 2:332) (4.57)
  5. You Win Again (3.42)
  6. I Think It's Going to Rain Today (3.55)
CD Bonus Tracks
  1. Man Smart, Woman Smarter (2.05)
  2. You Better Move On (2.38)
  3. Jazzman (3.34)
  4. Broke Down Engine (Roud 23774) (2.13)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson except
Track 1 Sleepy John Estes;
Track 2 Guy Clark;
Track 7 Erik von Schmidt;
Tracks 9, 16 words trad., music Martin Simpson;
Track 11 Hank Williams;
Track 12 Randy Newman;
Track a4 Arthur Alexander;
Track 15 Ed Holstein;
Track 16 words trad. arr. Martin Simpson, music Martin Simpson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Grinning in Your Face

Grinning in Your Face

Martin Simpson: Grinning in Your Face (Topic 12TS340)

Grinning in Your Face
Martin Simpson

Topic Records 12TS430 (LP, UK, 1983)
Fledg'ling Records FLED 3021 (CD, UK, 1999 / 2009)
Topic Records TSCD430D (digital download, UK, June 2009)

Martin Simpson: Grinning in Your Face (Fledg'ling FLED 3021)
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Recorded and produced by Tony Engle at Ideal Sound Recorders, London;
Front sleeve photography by Louiza Livingstone;
Sleeve design by Louiza Livingstone and Tony Engle

Musicians

Martin Simpson, vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, kalamazoo, lap steel, dobro, banjo;
with
Bob Smith, drums;
Annette Costello, backing vocals

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. It Doesn't Matter Anymore (2.52)
  2. Little Birdie (Roud 436) (3.22)
  3. The First Cut is the Deepest (3.33)
  4. Roving Gambler (Roud 498; Laws H4) (3.36)
  5. This War May Last You for Years (2.47)
  6. Masters of War (5.31)
  1. Reuben's Train (Roud 3423) (2.49)
  2. Your Cheatin' Heart (3.38)
  3. Handsome Molly (Roud 454; G/D 6:1192) (2.23)
  4. Townships / Biko (4.58)
  5. Moonshine (Roud 3126) (2.10)
  6. Green Linnet (Roud 1619) / Grinning in Your Face (5.55)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson except
Track 1 Paul Anka;
Track 3 Cat Stevens;
Track 6 Bob Dylan;
Track 8 Hank Williams;
Tracks 10a, 11 Martin Simpson;
Track 10b Peter Gabriel;
Track 12b Son House

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Sad or High Kicking

Sad or High Kicking

Martin Simpson: Sad or High Kicking (Fledg'ling FLED 3022)

Sad or High Kicking
Martin Simpson

Topic Records 12TS438 (LP, UK, 1985)
Fledg'ling Records FLED 3022 (CD, UK, 1999 / 2009)
Topic Records TSCD438D (digital download, UK, June 2009)

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Recorded by Tony Engle, Rowan Laxton and David Kenny at Ideal Sound Recorders, London;
Produced by Tony Engle and Martin Simpson

Musicians

Martin Simpson, vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, lap steel, dobro;
with
Micky Barker, drums, percussion;
Johnathan Davie, electric bass guitars;
Laurie Harper, fiddle, mandoline;
Rob Mason, harmonica;
Dave Clewlow, trumpets, flugelhorn;
Ian Blake, clarinets;
Andrew Cronshaw, zither, steel pans

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Jazzman (3.53)
  2. Shawnee Town (3.48)
  3. Moth (4.01)
  4. Living Without You (3.33)
  5. For Jessica, Sad or High Kicking / Dearest Dear (Roud 3601; G/D 8:1540) (5.18)
  1. Icarus (4.11)
  2. No Depression in Heaven (4.08)
  3. Let It Be Me (3.32)
  4. Stillness in Company (3.30)
  5. The Lakes of Ponchartrain (Roud 1836; Laws H9) (3.39)

Track 1 Ed Holstein;
Track 2 Dillon Bustin;
Tracks 3, 6 Anne Lister;
Track 4 Randy Newman;
Track 5a Martin Simpson;
Track 5b, 7, 10 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 8 Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoë;
Track 9 Jessica Radcliffe

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Nobody's Fault But Mine

Nobody's Fault But Mine

Martin Simpson: Nobody's Fault But Mine (Dambuster DAM CD 013)

Nobody's Fault But Mine
Martin Simpson

Dambuster Records DAM / DAM CD 013 (LP/CD, UK, 1986)

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Recorded by Dave Bubb at Dambuster Studios, Essex;
Produced by Richard Digance;
Mastered by Bob Jones at CTS, Wembley;
Photography by David B. Sutton;
Sleeve design and layout by Dave Bubb

Musicians

Martin Simpson, guitar

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Granemore Hare (Roud 2883) (5.35)
  2. Nobody's Fault But Mine (2.05)
  3. Lulu's Back in Town (2.06)
  4. Garryowen (4.00)
  5. Muskrat / Bonaparte's Retreat (1.34)
  6. Mountain Roads (1.10)
  7. Yo-Yo Blues (1.46)
  1. Hard Time Killing Floor (4.09)
  2. Champagne Charlie (1.29)
  3. Honeybabe (2.58)
  4. Dingle Regatta (1.25)
  5. Charlie's Boogie (4.08)
  6. Foxhunter's Jig (1.17)
  7. Sean O Duibhir a'Ghleanna (3.56)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson except
Track 8 Nehemiah ‘Skip’ Jones;
Track 12 Martin Simpson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin and Jessica Simpson: True Dare or Promise

Martin and Jessica Simpson: True Dare or Promise

Martin and Jessica Simpson: True Dare or Promise (Topic 12TS446)

True Dare or Promise
Martin and Jessica Simpson

Topic Records 12TS446 (LP, UK, 1987)
Fledg'ling Records FLED 3027 (CD, UK, 2000)
Topic Records TSCD446D (digital download, UK, 2010)

Martin and Jessica Simpson: True Dare or Promise (Fledg'ling FLED 3027)
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Recorded at Ideal Sound Recorders, Finsbury Park, London;
Engineered by David Kenny;
Produced by Martin Simpson & Jessica Simpson with Flash Company;
Front cover photograph by David B. Sutton;
Sleeve concept Jessica Simpson;
Sleeve design by Tony Engle

Musicians

Martin Simpson, vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, dobro, jew's harp;
Jessica Ruby Simpson, vocals;
Rob Mason, harmonica;
Mary Mc Laughlin, synthesiser, vocals;
Laurie Harper, fiddle, mandolin, jew's harp, percussion, vocals;
John Spencer, vocals, percussion, electric guitar [10]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Doney Girl (Wedding Dress) (3.47)
  2. Past Caring (5.11)
  3. Not the Whiskey Talking (5.04)
  4. Young Man (2.15)
  5. Bedlam Boys (Roud V16366) (4.27)
  1. Wholly in My Keeping (5.28)
  2. Rising of the Woman (4.30)
  3. Man Smart, Woman Smarter (2.54)
  4. Essequibo River (4.57)
  5. The Keel Row (Roud 3059; G/D 4:771) (2.36)
Fledg'ling CD Bonus Tracks
  1. Bluebird (Judy G) (4.03)
    from Square Roots (FolkRoots FROOT 001, 1987)
  2. Black Is the Colour (Roud 3103) (4.20)
    from Where Would You Rather Be Tonight? (Sunrise A40111M, 1986)

All tracks trad. arr Martin Simpson, Jessica Ruby Simpson except
Track 2 words Henry Lawson, music Steve Ashley;
Track 3 Nick Malicka;
Tracks 4, 6 Jessica Ruby Simpson;
Track 5 Nic Jones, trad. arr Martin Simpson, Jessica Ruby Simpson;
Track 7 Chris Coe;
Track 11 John B. Spencer

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Leaves of Life

Leaves of Life

Martin Simpson: Leaves of Life (Shanachie 97008)

Leaves of Life
Martin Simpson

Shanachie 97008 (CD, USA, 1989)

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A collection of acoustic guitar pieces based on the melodies of traditional ballads and songs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Australia.

Recorded onto 8-track by Jeff Westermann at Beluga Warehouse, Brooktondale, New York;
Produced by Martin Simpson;
Co-produced by Jessica Radcliffe Simpson;
Digitally mastered at Calf Audio, Ithaca, New York;
Front cover photo by Harvey Ferdschneider;
Cover design and hand lettering by Federick Carlson

Musicians

Martin Simpson, acoustic guitar;
Eric Aceto, violect, mandolect

Tracks

  1. Intro / Lord Gregory (Roud 49; Child 76; G/D 6:1226) (3.15)
  2. Jock o' Hazeldean (Roud 250; Child 293; G/D 5:1029) (4.25)
  3. Lucy Wan (Roud 234; Child 51) (4.24)
  4. Streets of Forbes (Roud 20764) (3.36)
  5. Bantry Girl's Lament (Roud 2999) (2.45)
  6. Leaves of Life (Roud 127) (2.49)
  7. Banks of the Bann (Roud 889; Laws O2) (3.12)
  8. Green Fields of America (Roud 2290) (4.02)
  9. The Fair Flower of Northumberland (Roud 25; Child 9; G/D 6:1149) (1.55)
  10. Bonny George Campbell (Roud 338; Child 210) (1.40)
  11. MacCrimmon’s Lament (Roud 5134) (4.05)
  12. Rosie Anderson (Roud 2169; G/D 7:1462) (4.42)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: When I Was on Horseback

When I Was on Horseback

Martin Simpson: When I Was on Horseback (Shanachie 97016)

When I Was on Horseback
Martin Simpson

Shanachie 97016 (CD, USA, 1991)

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Traditional tunes and new compositions based in traditional styles.

Produced by Martin Simpson and Will Russell at Electric Wilburland, Ithaca, New York;
Engineered by Will Russell;
Pre-production recording by Jeff Dixon at Syracuse University;
Digitally mastered by Robert Vosglen, CMS Digital, California;
Photography by Lee Meien;
Set design for photograph by Jessica Simpson

Musicians

Martin Simpson, acoustic, electric, National Steel and baritone guitars, mandols;
Eric Aceto, violect;
Hank Roberts, cello;
Doug Robinson, electric bass guitar;
Jessica Simpson, shruti box

Tracks

  1. Pretty Saro (Roud 417) / Long Steel Rail (5.33)
  2. Garryowen (Roud 20538) (3.07)
  3. Bonny at Morn (Roud 3064) (2.58)
  4. Bob's Song (2.29)
  5. The Flower of Sweet Erin (Roud 2790) (2.09)
  6. Vaughan's Jig (1.37)
  7. Granuaile (Roud 3034) (3.03)
  8. When I Was on Horseback (Roud 2; Laws Q26) (4.26)
  9. The Keel Row (Roud 3059; G/D 4:771) (2.57)
  10. Shallow Brown (Roud 2621) (3.03)
  11. Plains of Waterloo (Roud 1132) / The Bonny Bunch of Roses (Roud 664; Laws J5; G/D 1:155) (5.22)
  12. Young Man (2.21)
  13. The Shearing's Not for You (Roud 4845; G/D 7:1486) / Bogie's Bonnie Belle (Roud 2155; G/D 7:1396) (4.15)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson except
Tracks 4, 12 Jessica Simpson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: The Collection

The Collection

Martin Simpson: The Collection (Topic TSCD430)

The Collection
Martin Simpson

Topic Records TSCD430 (CD, UK, 1992)

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Musicians

Martin Simpson, guitar, vocals

See the individual albums for accompanists

Tracks

  1. The First Cut is the Deepest (3.33)
  2. Roving Gambler (3.36)
  3. This War May Last You for Years (2.47)
  4. Masters of War (5.31)
  5. Reuben's Train (2.49)
  6. Handsome Molly (Roud 454; G/D 6:1192) (2.23)
  7. Moonshine (2.10)
  8. Green Linnet / Grinning in Your Face (5.55)
  9. Shawnee Town (3.48)
  10. Moth (4.01)
  11. For Jessica, Sad or High Kicking / Dearest Dear (5.18)
  12. No Depression in Heaven (4.08)
  13. Stillness in Company (3.30)
  14. The Lakes of Ponchartrain (Roud 1836; Laws H9) (3.39)
  15. Doney Girl (3.40)
  16. Essequibo River (4.49)
  17. The Keel Row (Roud 3059; G/D 4:771) (2.36)

Tracks 1-8 are from Grinning in Your Face (12TS430, 1983);
Tracks 9-14 are from Sad or High Kicking (12TS438, 1985);
Tracks 15-17 are from Martin and Jessica Simpson: True Dare or Promise (12TS446, 1987)

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: A Closer Walk with Thee

A Closer Walk with Thee

Martin Simpson: A Closer Walk with Thee (Gourd GM117)

A Closer Walk with Thee
Instrumental Arrangements of American Gospel Songs
Martin Simpson

Gourd GM117 (CD, UK, 1993)
Fledg'ling FLE 1007 (CD, UK, 1994)

Martin Simpson: A Closer Walk with Thee (Fledg'ling FLE1007)
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Produced by Joe Weed;
Recorded and mixed to digital at Highland Studio, Los Gatos, California;
Cover and inside photography by Paul Schraub;
Design by Lynn Piquett

Musicians

Martin Simpson, guitar, baritone guitar, mandola, mandolin;
Randy Masters, trumpet, flugelhorn;
Doug Burns, harmonica;
Joe Weed, strings, fiddle, mandolin;
Paul Hostetter, guitar, banjo

Tracks

  1. Palms of Victory (2.01)
  2. Wash in That Beautiful Pool / Waiting for the Boatman (3.42)
  3. Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down (3.13)
  4. Wondrous Love (Roud 5089) (2.36)
  5. O Jerusalem / Go Down Moses (4.08)
  6. Wayfaring Stranger (2.20)
  7. What a Friend We Have in Jesus (4.16)
  8. Down in the Valley to Pray / Continue to Roll (3.41)
  9. A Psalm of Life (2.40)
  10. There's a Great Change (2.10)
  11. A Closer Walk with Thee (3.12)
  12. In the Wilderness (2.06)
  13. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? (3.39)
  14. To Be a Pilgrim (1.52)
  15. Bright Morning Stars / Watch the Stars (5.09)
  16. I'll Fly Away (2.34)

All string arrangements by Joseph B. weed except
Track 9 string arrangement by Martin Simpson;
All other arrangements by Martin Simpson;
Track 7 Charles C. Converse;
Track 16 Albert E. Brumley

> Folk Music > Records > Martin and Jessica Simpson: Red Roses

Martin and Jessica Simpson: Red Roses

Martin and Jessica Simpson: Red Roses (Rhiannon RHYD5001)

Red Roses
Martin and Jessica Simpson

Rhiannon Records RHYD5001 (CD, UK, 1994);
Thunderbird Records TBR4001CD (CD, USA, 1994)

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Produced by Jessica Ruby Simpson and Martin Simpson;
Recorded at Electric Wilburland Studios, Ithaca, NY, and Bear Creek Studios, Santa Cruz, CA;
Engineered by Will Russell, William Coulter and Barry Phillips;
Cover photos by David B. Sutton;
Layout by Colin Jones

Musicians

Jessica Ruby Simpson, vocals;
Martin Simpson, guitars, vocals;
Eric Aceto, violect;
Tom Beers, harmonica;
Hank Roberts, cello;
Doug Robinson, bass guitar;
Miriam Sturm, violin;
Willy Schwartz, accordion, percussion, bullroarer;
Richie and Jenny Stearns, Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd, backing vocals;
Barry Phillips, cello [1];
Roger Fewer, lead guitar [1]

Tracks

  1. We Were All Heroes (5.16)
  2. Dreamtime (6.07)
  3. Spare Change / The Gypsies (4.37)
  4. How I Wanted You (4.59)
  5. Icarus (4.45)
  6. The Company You Keep (7.33)
  7. The Mermaid (3.54)
  8. Seven Sisters (5.07)
  9. The Turtle and the Asp (4.11)
  10. The Gardener's Child (Roud 339; Child 219; G/D 4:840) (8.13)
  11. Red Roses (5.09)

Tracks 1, 3a, 6, 8, 11 Jessica Ruby Simpson;
Tracks 2, 9 Martin Simpson;
Track 3b trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 4 Richard Thompson;
Track 5 Anne Lister;
Track 7 lyrics Jessica Ruby Simpson, music trad. arr. Martin and Jessica Ruby Simpson;
Track 10 trad. arr. Martin and Jessica Ruby Simpson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke & Mirrors

Martin Simpson: Smoke & Mirrors (Thunderbird TBE5001-2)

Smoke & Mirrors
Martin Simpson

Rhiannon Records RHYD5011 (CD, UK, 1995);
Thunderbird Records TBE5001-2 (CD, USA, 1995)

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Recorded at Solo Sound, Santa Cruz, CA and Electric Wilburland Studios, Ithaca, NY;
Produced by Martin Simpson;
Cover photos by David B. Sutton;
Art direction by Michael MacFall

Musicians

Martin Simpson, acoustic guitar [1-14], resophonic guitar [2, 7, 9, 14], vocals [1-3, 5-14];
Ronnie Earl, electric guitar [1-2, 4-5, 10-12];
Doug Robinson, bass [1, 4-5, 7-8, 10-12, 14];
Tiran Porter, fretless bass [2, 9, 13];
Hank Roberts, cello [1, 10-12];
Rick Walker, percussion [2, 7-8, 13-14]

Tracks

  1. Poormouth (6.26)
  2. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (4.35)
  3. Broke Down Engine (2.13)
  4. New Kitchen Blues (3.02)
  5. Hard Love (5.05)
  6. I Want My Crown (2.42)
  7. Will This House Be Blessed (3.31)
  8. Delia (4.00)
  9. Lock, Stock & Barrel (3.42)
  10. Spoonful (8.30)
  11. Me and My Chauffeur (4.42)
  12. Big Road Blues (4.00)
  13. Road Kill (6.03)
  14. Gone Fishing (2.03)

All tracks by Martin Simpson except
Track 5 Bob Franke;
Track 7 John B. Spencer;
Track 10 Willie Dixon;
Track 11 Memphis Minnie

> Folk Music > Records > Martin and Jessica Ruby Simpson: Band of Angels

Martin and Jessica Ruby Simpson: Band of Angels

Martin and Jessica Ruby Simpson: Band of Angels (Red House RHR CD 96)

Band of Angels
Martin and Jessica Ruby Simpson

Red House Records RHR CD 96 (CD, USA, 1995)

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Produced by Jessica Ruby Simpson and Martin Simpson at Bear Creek Studios, Santa Cruz, California;
Engineered and mixed by William Coulter, Justin Mayer and Barry Phillips, assisted by Band of Angels;
Cover photograph by Frans Lanting;
Album design by Lisa Ekström

Musicians

Jessica Ruby Simpson, vocals, percussion;
Martin Simpson, guitars, vocals;
Lisa Ekström, accordion, whistle, vocals;
Alisa Fineman, harmonium, guitar, vocals;
Kimball Hurd, mandolin, mandola, guitar vocals;
Barry Phillips, cello, bowed psaltery, harmonium, percussion, vocals

Tracks

  1. Kindness of Strangers (5.51)
  2. Who'll Water My Flowers (7.29)
  3. Raglan Road (4.48)
  4. Lilies of the Field (5.50)
  5. Kevin Carter (4.52)
  6. Le Petit Mercelot / Le Boiteaux (4.43)
  7. Come to Light (3.38)
  8. Rolling Down the Hill (2.17)
  9. Erev Shel Shoshanim (4.00)
  10. Lilith (4.00)
  11. How Will I Ever Be Simple Again (3.41)
  12. Give Me the Moon (5.24)
  13. Lady of the Lake / Betsy the Serving Maid (Roud 156; Laws M20; G/D 6:1094) (6.37)

Tracks 1, 4-5, 7, 12, 13a Jessica Ruby Simpson;
Tracks 2, 6a, 13b trad. arr. Band of Angels;
Track 3 lyrics P.J. Kavanaugh, tune trad. arr. Band of Angels;
Track 6b Michel Le Cam;
Track 8 Kimball Hurd;
Track 9 Moshe Dor, Yosef Hadar;
Track 10 Martin Simpson;
Track 11 Richard Thompson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Live

Live

Martin Simpson: Live (Beautiful Jo BEJOCD-11)

Live
at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, October 15, 1994
Martin Simpson

Beautiful Jo Records BEJOCD-11 (CD, UK, 1996)
Red House Records RHR CD 106 (CD, USA, February 18, 1997)

Martin Simpson: Live (Red House RHR CD 106)
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Recorded at the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, October 15, 1994;
Sound engineer Tony Jezzard;
Digital mastering by Henry Smithson at Sounds Good, Reading;
Cover design by Lisa Ekström

Musicians

Martin Simpson, guitar, vocals

Tracks

  1. Dreamtime (6.15)
  2. Forgotten the Blues (6.24)
  3. Donal Óg (Roud 3379) / My Generous Lover (Roud 1996) / The Coo Coo Bird (Roud 413; G/D 6:1157) / Santa Cruz (8.21)
  4. Betsy the Serving Maid (Roud 156; Laws M20; G/D 6:1094) (5.00)
  5. Hard Love (5.30)
  6. Broke Down Engine (Roud 23774) (2.26)
  7. Rosie Anderson (Roud 2169; G/D 7:1462) / The Shearing's Not for You (Roud 4845; G/D 7:1486) / Bogie's Bonnie Belle (Roud 2155; G/D 7:1396) (7.15)
  8. The Company You Keep (6.23)
  9. Lord Gregory (Roud 49; Child 76; G/D 6:1226) (7.05)
  10. Lilith (4.49)
  11. Pretty Saro (Roud 417) / Long Steel Rail (Roud 3423) (5.08)
  12. Will This House Be Blessed / The First Cut Is the Deepest (6.58)

Tracks 1, 3d, 10 Martin Simpson;
Tracks 2, 12a John B. Spencer;
Tracks 3a-c, 4, 7, 9, 11 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 5 Bob Franke;
Track 6 lyrics trad., music Martin Simpson;
Track 8 Jessica R. Simpson;
Track 12b Cat Stevens

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Cool & Unusual

Cool & Unusual

Martin Simpson: Cool & Unusual (Red House RHR CD 110)

Cool & Unusual
Martin Simpson

Red House Records RHR CD 110 (CD, USA, September 16, 1997)

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An instrumental album with members of Tarika Sammy

Engineered and recorded by Justin Mayer at Bear Creek Studio, Bonny Doon, California;
Produced by Martin Simpson;
Front cover portrait by Paul Shraub;
Album design by Lisa Ekström

Musicians

Martin Simpson, acoustic, electric, resonator and D guitars, fretless banjo, čumbuš;
Doug Robinson, electric bass guitar;
Rick Walker, percussion;
David Lindley, lap slide acoustic guitar, bowed tambur;
Kelly Joe Phelps, lap slide acoustic guitar;
Sammy (Samoela Adriamalalaharijaona), marovany, valiha;
Johnny (Jules Zafimery Andraimanahirana), electric bass guitar;
Tiana (Solomon Ratianarinaivo), percussion

Tracks

  1. Darling Corey (Roud 5723) (6.40)
  2. Shepherds' Delight (2.06)
  3. Stole and Sold From Africa (3.49)
  4. Plains of Waterloo (Roud 960; Laws N32) (3.59)
  5. The Week Before Easter (Roud 154; G/D 6:1198) (5.01)
  6. Medley: The Waters of Tyne (Roud 1364) / My Bonny Lad (Roud 204) / Rradcliffe's Fancy (3.44)
  7. Prelude / Ssanta Cruz (7.18)
  8. Rye Whiskey (Roud 941) (2.01)
  9. Lord Jamie Douglas (Roud 87; Child 204) (2.31)
  10. Deep Blue Sea (Roud 3119) (3.50)
  11. Swannanoa Tunnel (Roud 3602) (3.25)
  12. Ramblin' Round (Roud 17658) (3.17)
  13. Disassembly of God / Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Roud 5435) (4.56)
  14. James Connolly (Roud 12495) (2.40)
  15. Rose of Allandale (Roud 1218) (3.00)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson except
Tracks 2, 7 Martin Simpson;
Track 6c Jessica Ruby Simpson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson et al: Kãmbara Music in Native Tongues

Kãmbara Music in Native Tongues

Martin Simpson, David Hidalgo, Viji Krishnan, Puvalur Srinivasan: Kãmbara Music in Native Tongues (Water Lily Acoustics WLA-CS-63-CD)

Kãmbara Music in Native Tongues
Martin Simpson, David Hidalgo, Viji Krishnan, Puvalur Srinivasan

Water Lily Acoustics WLA-CS-63-CD (CD, UK, 1998)

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Produced and recorded by Kavichandran Alexander;
Co-produced by David Hidalgo;
Associate producers: Dr Dilip Raval and Bill Lewis;
Recorded at Christ the King Chapel, St Anthony's Seminary, Santa Barbara, CA, in April 1995;
Cover art by Michael Green;
Cover photography by Michael Sexton

Musicians

Martin Simpson, guitar, vocals;
David Hidalgo, bajo sexto, vocals, accordion;
Viji Krishnan, violin, vocals;
Puvalur Srinivasan, mridaṅgam

Tracks

  1. Waltzing's for Dreamers (4.18)
  2. The Slow Pageant (10.43)
  3. He'll Have to Go (6.13)
  4. El Jarabe Loco (6.54)
  5. A Dancer's Gait (8.23)
  6. The Running Kind (5.15)

Track 1 Richard Thompson;
Tracks 2, 5 David Hidalgo, Martin Simpson;
Track 3 Audrey Allison, Joe Allison;
Track 4 trad. arr. David Hidalgo, Martin Simpson;
Track 6 Merle Haggard

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Bootleg USA

Bootleg USA

Martin Simpson: Bootleg USA (Simpsonian SIMPCD001)

Bootleg USA
Martin Simpson

Simpsonian SIMPCD001 (CD, UK, 1999)
Topic Records TSDLxxx (digital download, UK, December 2009)

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Tracks 1, 5, 9 recorded at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA, Mai 2, 1999;
Tracks 2, 4, 6 recorded at Stone Soup, Providence, RI, June 5, 1999;
Tracks 3, 7-8 recorded at the Bay Theater, Suttons Bay, MI, October 5, 1998;
Original photo of Martin Simpson by Randy Anglin;
Sleeve design by Kiosk

Musicians

Martin Simpson, guitar, vocals;
Doug Robinson, bass, vocals [10]

Tracks

  1. Plains of Waterloo (Roud 960; Laws N32) / James Connolly (Roud 12495) (5.39)
  2. One More Day (Roud 704) / Boots of Spanish Leather (9.21)
  3. Roadkill (7.29)
  4. Strange Affair (4.16)
  5. Granemore Hare (5.58)
  6. Icarus (5.09)
  7. Highway 61 / Highway 61 Revisited (7.46)
  8. Delia (3.50)
  9. Jasper Songbird / Spoonful (8.49)
  10. Fool Me Once (4.45)

Tracks 1, 2a, 5, 7a, 8 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Tracks 3, 9a, 10 Martin Simpson;
Track 4 Richard Thompson;
Tracks 2b, 7b Bob Dylan;
Track 6 Anne Lister;
Track 9b Willie Dixon

> Folk Music > Records > Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekström, Martin Simpson: Beautiful Darkness

Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekström, Martin Simpson: Beautiful Darkness

Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekström, Martin Simpson: Beautiful Darkness (High Bohemia HBR CD002)

Beautiful Darkness
Celebrating the Winter Solstice
Jessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekström, Martin Simpson

High Bohemia Records HBR CD002 (CD, UK, 2000)

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Produced by Jessica Radcliffe;
Recorded at: Bear Creek Studios. Santa Cruz, California by Barry Phillips;
Sound Unreel, Memphis, Tennessee by Dawn Hopkins;
The Boiler Room, New Orleans, Louisiana by Mark Bingham;
Frontier Recording, Copemish, Michigan by Scott Zylstra and Gerry O'Beirne;
Post production coordination by Pat Burke;
Design, typography and scratchboard illustration by Lisa Ekström

Musicians

Jessica Radcliffe, vocals [2b, 6, 9, 12-13, 16], spoken word [1b, 4, 12, 14], bells [1a, 4];
Lisa Ekström, vocals [5, 8, 10, 13, 15], accordion [1a, 8, 15], wooden whistle [4], whistle [7];
Martin Simpson, mandola [1a, 4, 7], guitar [1c, 2b, 3, 6, 9, 12-13, 15, 17];
Mark Bingham, keyboard drone [2a];
Jimmy Franks, spoken word [2a];
Gerry O'Beirne, 6-string guitar [9], 12-string guitar [1a, 9], guitar [7, 10, 12], ukulele [7];
Barry Phillips cello [1a, 5-6, 9, 11, 13], cello drone [2a, 16], drum [7];
Shelley Phillips, English horn [13], oboe [13], wooden whistle [16]

Tracks

  1. Northern Lass / Snowflakes / Snowflakes (6.38)
  2. Time Is a Little Girl / Over the River and Through the Woods (2.18)
  3. The Time Is Drawing Near (3.45)
  4. Kolyada / Old One (2.45)
  5. Räven och Bonden / A Gift (2.38)
  6. Give Me the Moon (3.02)
  7. Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance / In Winters Shadow (3.20)
  8. O Vent (3.12)
  9. The Cutty Wren (Roud 236) / I Look for You (4.41)
  10. Here Till Here Is There (2.27)
  11. To Drive the Cold Winter Away (1.47)
  12. One Small Candle / Beautiful Darkness (4.50)
  13. The Winter Wedding / The Wexford Carol (Roud 22086) / The King (Roud 19109) / The Holly and the Ivy (Roud 514) (5.09)
  14. Solstice Fire (0.19)
  15. Tourne, Tourne (4.13)
  16. Bright Child / Magic (2.44)
  17. The Holly Bears the Crown (Roud 514) (1.32)

Track 1a trad. arr. Martin Simpson, Gerry O'Beirne;
Track 1b Heny Wadsworth Longfellow;
Track 1c Martin Simpson;
Tracks 2a, 6, 9b, 12ab Jessica Radcliffe;
Track 2b Lydia Marie Child, arr. Jessica Radcliffe;
Tracks 3, 7a, 9a, 13cd, 17 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 4 trad. Russian, arr. Lisa Ekström, Jessica Radcliffe;
Track 5 trad. Swedish/Norwegian, arr. Lisa Ekström, Barry Phillips;
Track 7b, John Matthews, from Song of Taliesin;
Track 8 Manouche, France; trad. arr. Lisa Ekström;
Track 10 Robin Williamson arr. Gerry O'Beirne, Lisa Ekström;
Track 11 trad. arr. Barry Phillips;
Track 13ab Irish, lyrics Caitlin Matthews;
Track 14 John Matthews, from The Meditation;
Track 15 Gabriel Jacoub arr. Lisa Ekström, Martin Simpson;
Track 16 Martin Ludgate, from Saturn and the Dragon of the Solstice

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: The Bramble Briar

The Bramble Briar

Martin Simpson: The Bramble Briar (Topic TSCD513)

The Bramble Briar
Martin Simpson

Topic Records TSCD513 (CD, UK, 2001)

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Produced by Martin Simpson
Recorded at Bear Creek Studios, Santa Cruz, CA, engineered by Barry Philips
and at Panda Sound, Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire, engineered by Oliver Knight
Mixed by Barry Philips, Oliver Knight and Martin Simpson
Original Photography by Tom Howard
Design by John Haxby

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2002: Best album

Musicians

Martin Simpson, guitar, vocals;
Martin Carthy, guitar [2, 10-11];
Chris Parkinson, accordion, harmonica [10-11];;
Jessica Radcliffe, backing vocals [11];
Barry Philips, cello [4, 12]

Tracks

  1. Polly on the Shore (Roud 811) (4.16)
  2. The Lover's Ghost (Roud 179; Child 248) (3.16)
  3. Fair Annie (Roud 42; Child 62; G/D 6:1161) (6.08)
  4. Dives and Lazarus (Roud 477; Child 56) (5.34)
  5. The Four Angels (3.17)
  6. Betsy the Serving Maid (Roud 156; Laws M20; G/D 6:1094) (4.11)
  7. The Bramble Briar (Roud 18; Laws M32) (4.58)
  8. Banks of Sweet Primroses (Roud 586; G/D 8:1841) (2.51)
  9. Rounding the Horn (Roud 4706) (3.44)
  10. The Princess Royal (2.20)
  11. Sammy's Bar (4.26)
  12. Leaves of Life (Roud 127) (4.05)
  13. Air for Maurice Ogg (3.32)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson except
Track 5 words Rudyard Kipling, music Martin Simpson;
Track 11 Cyril Tawney;
Track 13 Alistair Anderson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Righteousness & Humidity

Righteousness & Humidity

Martin Simpson: Righteousness & Humidity (Topic TSCD540)

Righteousness & Humidity
Martin Simpson

Topic Records TSCD540 (CD, UK, 2003)

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Recorded at Noiselab, New Orleans and at Panda Sound, Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire;
Engineering and production assistance: Jimmy Augustin, Oliver Knight;
Produced by Martin Simpson

Musicians

Martin Simpson, vocals [1, 3-5, 8-9, 12-15], acoustic guitar [1, 3-6, 9-10, 12-15], ukulele [2], electric guitar [2, 5, 8-9, 11, 13-15], ukulele [2], lap-steel [2, 9, 11], footsteps [2], hi-hat [2], 5-string banjo [5, 7], percussion [5], slide guitar [5, 15];
James Singleton, acoustic bass [1, 4, 8, 14];
Carl Budo, drums [1, 8, 14];
Rick Kemp, fretless bass [2], percussion [2], electric bass [9, 15];
Jessica Radcliffe, vocals [3, 14];
Amassa Miller, organ [3];
Reggie Scanlan, Fender bass [5, 16];
Dave Malone, electric guitar [8, 14, 16];
Mike Skinkus, percussion [16]

Tracks

  1. John Hardy (Roud 3262; Laws I2) (3.43)
  2. Horn Island (3.38)
  3. I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes (5.47)
  4. Easy Money (2.45)
  5. Payday (3.15)
  6. This World Is a Trouble and a Trial (2.06)
  7. Ghosts in the Pines (1.31)
  8. The Coo Coo Bird (Roud 413; G/D 6:1157) (4.04)
  9. Love Never Dies (4.24)
  10. Some Dark Holler (2.29)
  11. Rico (4.19)
  12. Georgie (Roud 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249) (6.23)
  13. Wild Bill Jones (5.02)
  14. The Devil's Partiality (3.52)
  15. Rollin' and Tumblin' (3.58)
  16. The Last Shot Got Him (2.03)

Tracks 1, 3, 5-6, 8, 10, 12-13, 15-16 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Tracks 2, 4, 7, 9, 11 Martin Simpson;
Track 14 Gallivan Burwell

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

Martin Simpson: The Definitive Collection (Highpoint HPO6009)

The Definitive Collection
Martin Simpson

Highpoint Recordings HPO6009 (CD, UK, 2004)

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Tracks

  1. Moonshine (2.10)
  2. I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes (5.47)
  3. Dives and Lazarus (5.34)
  4. Down Where the Drunkards Roll (3.39)
  5. Plains of Waterloo (Roud 960; Laws N32) / James Connolly (Roud 12495) (3.39)
  6. Road Kill (3.39)
  7. The Lakes of Ponchartrain (Roud 1836; Laws H9) (3.39)
  8. The First Cut is the Deepest (3.33)
  9. One More Day (Roud 704) / Boots of Spanish Leather (3.36)
  10. Nobody's Fault But Mine (3.36)
  11. The Keel Row (Roud 3059; G/D 4:771) (2.36)
  12. Rounding the Horn (Roud 4706) (3.44)
  13. Clerk Sanders (Roud 3855; Child 69) (9.31)
  14. Shawnee Town (3.48)
  15. Horn Island (3.38)
  16. Gone Fishing (3.38)

Tracks 1, 8 are from Grinning in Your Face (12TS430, 1983);
Tracks 7, 14 are from Sad or High Kicking (12TS438, 1985);
Track 11 is from from Martin and Jessica Simpson: True Dare or Promise (12TS446, 1987);
Track 4 is from The World Is a Wonderful Place (Hokey Pokey HPR 2003.2, 1993);
Tracks 6, 16 are from Smoke and Mirrors (Thunderbird TBE5001-2, 1995);
Tracks 5, 9 are from Bootleg USA (High Bohemia, no #, 1999);
Tracks 3, 12 are from The Bramble Briar (TSCD513, 2001);
Tracks 2, 15 are from Righteousness & Humidity (TSCD540, 2003);
Track 10 is from Dark Was the Night: A Tribute to the Music of Blind Willie Johnson (Deep Sea SeaD 8002, 2003);
Track 13 is from Kind Letters (TSCD553, 2005)

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson in Concert at the Freight & Salvage

Martin Simpson in Concert at the Freight & Salvage

Martin Simpson in Concert at the Freight & Salvage (Vestapol 13046)

In Concert at the Freight & Salvage
Martin Simpson

Vestapol Productions 13046 (DVD, USA, 2004)

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This DVD presents a solo concert recorded at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California. No recording date is given, but probably the mid-1990s.

Produced and directed by Jesse Block;
Cover photos by Anna Grossman

Tracks

  1. Medley of Airs: Long Steel Rail / Donal Óg (Roud 3379) / My Generous Lover (Roud 1996)
  2. Betsy the Serving Maid (Roud 156; Laws M20; G/D 6:1094)
  3. Lord Gregory (Roud 49; Child 76; G/D 6:1226)
  4. Roadkill
  5. Medley: Poormouth / Broke Down Engine
  6. Gospel Medley: Wayfaring Stranger / Go Down Moses / The Turtle and the Asp
  7. Dreamtime
  8. The Company You Keep
  9. Icarus

Tracks 1-3, 5, 6ab trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 4 trad., additional lyrics Martin Simpson;
Tracks 6c, 7 Martin Simpson;
Track 8 Jessica R. Simpson;
Track 9 Anne Lister

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Kind Letters

Kind Letters

Martin Simpson: Kind Letters (Topic TSCD553)

Kind Letters
Martin Simpson

Topic Records TSCD553 (CD, UK, 2005)

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Recorded at Panda Sound, Robin Hood's Bay in Spring 2004;
Engineered by Oliver Knight;
Produced by Martin Simpson and Oliver Knight;
Photographs by Bryan Ledgard;
Design and illustration by David Bailey

Musicians

Martin Simpson, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 5-string banjo, vocals;
Dónal Clancy, guitars;
Éamon Doorley, James Fagan, bouzouki;
Tom Doorley, flute;
Donnchadh Gough, uilleann pipes, bodhrán;
Nancy Kerr, violin, viola;
Oísin McAuley, violin;
Brendan McCarthy, accordion,
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, whistle, vocals,
Chris Parkinson, piano accordion, harmonica

Tracks

  1. The Cruel Brother (5.02)
  2. Love Henry (Roud 47; Child 68) (3.56)
  3. Bareback to Bullhassocks (2.52)
  4. Here's Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (Roud 165) (4.05)
  5. Adieu, Adieu (Roud 490; Laws L12; G/D 2:260) (4.05)
  6. Creeping Jane (Roud 1012; Laws Q23) (4.16)
  7. The Flying Cloud (Roud 1802; Laws K28; G/D 1:44) (6.56)
  8. The House Carpenter (Roud 14; Child 243; G/D 2:332) (5.42)
  9. A Blacksmith Courted Me (Roud 816) (3.36)
  10. When First I Came to Caledonia (4.46)
  11. Peggy and the Soldier (Roud 907; Laws P13; G/D 6:1129) (2.58)
  12. Clerk Sanders (Roud 3855; Child 69) (9.31)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson except
Track 3 Martin Simpson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Guitar Maestros

Guitar Maestros

Martin Simpson: Guitar Maestros (Sound Techniques GM001)

Guitar Maestros
Martin Simpson

Sound Techniques GM001 (DVD, UK, 2006)

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Martin Simpson in conversation with Trevor Dann

Musicians

Martin Simpson, vocals, guitar, banjo [14]

Tracks

Main FeatureAdditional Tracks

Interview by Trevor Dann with interspersed songs:

  1. Medley: The Air for Maurice Ogg (2.24) /
    One More Day (Roud 704) (3.13) /
    Boots of Spanish Leather (4.47)
  2. Bareback to Bullhassocks (2.22)
  3. Louisiana 1927 (3.05)
  4. The Flying Cloud (Roud 1802; Laws K28; G/D 1:44) (6.13)
  5. I Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes (5.52)
  6. Rolling & Tumbling (3.42)
  7. Duncan and Brady (Roud 4177; Laws I9) (2.28)
  8. A Love Letter (3.33)
  1. Love Never Dies (4.00)
  2. Easy Money (2.30)
  3. Creeping Jane (Roud 1012; Laws Q23) (4.04)
  4. Medley: Kit's Tune (1.40) /
    When a Knight Won His Spurs (3.13)
  5. When First I Came to Caledonia (4.15)

Bonus

  1. The House Carpenter (Roud 14; Child 243; G/D 2:332) (5.33)
  2. Martin strings his guitar
  3. Visting the Sobell Workshop

Track 1a Alistair Anderson;
Tracks 1b, 6-7, 11, 12b, 13-14 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 4 trad. / Martin Simpson;
Track 5 trad. / Blind Willie Johnson arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 1c Bob Dylan;
Tracks 2, 8-10, 12a Martin Simpson;
Track 3 Randy Newman

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

Martin Simpson: Martin Simpson: Prodigal Son (Topic TSCD567)

Prodigal Son
Martin Simpson

Topic Records TSCD567 (CD, UK, 2007)
Three Black Feathers TBFLP005 (2 LP, UK, 2010)

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Recorded at Pure Studios, South Yorkshire;
Engineered by Joe Rusby;
Jackson Browne recorded at Groove Masters, Santa Monica, engineer Paul Dieter;
Produced by Martin Simpson;
Photographs by David Angel;
Design by Tony Engle and David Bailey / Kiosk

Musicians

Martin Simpson, acoustic, resonator, lap-slide and electric guitar, 5-string banjo, vocals;
Alistair Anderson, concertina, Northumbrian pipes;
Jackson Browne, Kate Rusby, Kellie While, vocals;
Andy Cutting, accordion;
Barry Phillips, cello;
Danny Thompson, bass

Tracks

  1. Batchelor's Hall (Roud 385) (4.45)
  2. Pretty Crowing Chicken (Roud 179; Child 248) (2.53)
  3. Lakes of Champlain (4.36)
  4. She Slips Away (3.18)
  5. Granemore Hare (Roud 2993) (5.55)
  6. Mother Love (1.52)
  7. Little Musgrave (Roud 52; Child 81) (5.54)
  8. A Love Letter (3.14)
  9. Duncan and Brady (Roud 4177; Laws I9) (2.41)
  10. Never Any Good (5.23)
  11. Good Morning Mr Railroad Man (3.27)
  12. Louisiana 1927 (4.19)
  13. La Rivolte (1.52)
  14. Andrew Lammie (Roud 98; Child 233; G/D 5:1018) (9.18)
  15. Kit's Tune / When A Knight Won His Spurs (5.18)

Track 1 Dick Connette;
Tracks 2-3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15b trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Tracks 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15a Martin Simpson;
Track 12 Randy Newman

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: True Stories

True Stories

Martin Simpson: True Stories (Topic TSCD567)

True Stories
Martin Simpson

Topic Records TSCD578 (CD, UK, 2009)

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Recorded at Greystone Studio, Thurlstone and at Wavelength Studios, Dorncaster;
Engineered and mixed by Andy Seward;
Muireann Nic Amhlaoib recorded in Killarney, Co Kerry by Ruairi O'Flaherty;
Produced by Andy Seward and Martin Simpson;
Photographs by Hugo Morris;
Design by Tony Engle

Musicians

Martin Simpson, banjola [1], guitar [2, 4-12], slide guitar [3], baritone guitar [11], dobro [11], percussion [11], 5-string banjo [13], vocals [1-2, 4-7, 9-11, 13];
Philip Selway, drums [1, 13], percussion [1];
Keith Angel, drums [4, 11], percussion [1, 13];
Danny Thompson, bass [1, 3-4, 6, 8, 13];
Andy Cutting, accordion [1-2, 4-5, 8-11, 13];
B.J. Cole, pedal steel guitar [1, 4, 9, 11];
Muireann Nic Amhlaoib, vocals [1, 4];
Nigel Eaton, hurdy-gurdy [2, 5];
Kellie While, vocals [5];
Andy Seward, bass [9, 11];
Jon Boden, fiddle [10, 13];

Tracks

  1. Look Up, Look Down (3.22)
  2. Sir Patrick Spens (Roud 41; Child 58; G/D 1:17) (3.54)
  3. Greystones (4.19)
  4. Home Again (4.38)
  5. The Wind and the Rain (Roud 8; Child 10; G/D 2:213) (5.21)
  6. One Day (4.00)
  7. Will Atkinson (3.59)
  8. Kielder Schottische (2.43)
  9. Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender (Roud 4; Child 73; G/D 2:212) (6.52)
  10. Done It Again (4.02)
  11. An Englishman Abroad (4.22)
  12. Swooping Molly (2.18)
  13. Stagolee (Roud 4183) (3.29)

Tracks 1-2, 5, 8-9, 13 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Tracks 3-4, 6-7, 10-12 Martin Simpson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son: The Concert

Martin Simpson: Prodigal Son: The Concert (Topic TSDVD580)

Prodigal Son: The Concert
Martin Simpson

Topic Records TSDVD580 (DVD, UK, 2009)

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Produced and directed by Robin Bextor for New Wave Pictures;
Executive producer: Tony Engle for Topic Records;
Photographs by David Angel;
Artwork and design The Art Surgery

Musicians

Martin Simpson, acoustic and lap-slide guitar, 5-string banjo, vocals;
Andy Cutting, diatonic accordion;
Andy Seward, double bass;
Kellie While, backing vocals

Tracks

  1. She Slips Away / Mother Love / Little Musgrave (Roud 52; Child 81)
  2. The Ballad of Sammy's Bar
  3. Granemore Hare (Roud 2993)
  4. I Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes
  5. Louisiana 1927
  6. Kit's Tune / When a Knight Won His Spurs
  7. Love Never Dies
  8. Lakes of Champlain
  9. Batchelor's Hall (Roud 385)
  10. Duncan and Brady (Roud 4177; Laws I9)
  11. Pretty Crowing Chicken (Roud 179; Child 248)
  12. Andrew Lammie (Roud 98; Child 233; G/D 5:1018)
  13. Strange Affair
  14. Never Any Good
  15. Good Morning Mr Railroad Man

Tracks 1ab, 7, 14 Martin Simpson;
Tracks 1c, 3-4, 8, 10-12, 15 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 2 Cyril Tawney;
Track 5 Randy Newman;
Track 9 Dick Connette;
Track 13 Richard Thompson

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Purpose and Grace

Purpose and Grace

Martin Simpson: Purpose and Grace (Topic TSCD584)

Purpose and Grace
Martin Simpson

Topic Records TSCD584 (CD, UK, September 5, 2011)

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Produced by Andy Seward and Martin Simpson;
Engineered and mixed by Andy Seward at The Chairworks Castleford, Wavelength Doncaster and Greystones Studio Millhouse Green;
Recording assistants Keith Angel and James Mottershead;
Additional recording in Santa Cruz by Barry Philips;
Photography by David Angel;
Design by Mr Suff

Musicians

Martin Simpson, vocals [1-7, 9-10, 13], 5 string banjo [1, 9, 11], acoustic guitar [2-8, 13], electric guitar [4, 12], acoustic lap slide guitar [10], resonator guitar [11-12];
Keith Angel, drums [1, 4, 11, 13], percussion [1, 4, 7, 9, 11, 13];
Jon Boden, fiddle [1, 11-13];
B.J. Cole, pedal steel guitar [1, 4, 6, 9, 13];
Andy Cutting, accordion [1, 3-4, 7, 9, 11, 13];
Andy Seward, electric bass [1, 3-4, 11-13], bass [7, 9];
Richard Thompson, electric guitar [1, 3-4];
Will Pound, harmonica [4-5, 7, 13];
Dick Gaughan, vocals [5-6];
Barry Philips, cello [5];
June Tabor, vocals [8];
Fay Hield, vocals [12]

Tracks

  1. The Sheffield Apprentice (Roud 399; Laws O39; G/D 5:998) (4.18)
  2. Bold General Wolfe (Roud 624; Laws A1) (5.05)
  3. Brothers Under the Bridge (5.18)
  4. Little Liza Jane (Roud 825) (4.35)
  5. Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (3.06)
  6. Jamie Foyers (Roud 1941; G/D 1:106) (4.16)
  7. In the Pines (Roud 3421) (6.10)
  8. Strange Affair (4.45)
  9. Banjo Bill (3.26)
  10. Barbry Allen (Roud 54; Child 84; G/D 6:1193) (6.49)
  11. Don’t Leave Your Banjo in the Shed Mr Waterson (1.56)
  12. Bad Girl’s Lament (Roud 2; Laws Q26) (4.16)
  13. The Lakes of Ponchartrain (Roud 1836; Laws H9) (4.18)

Tracks 1-2, 7, 10, 13 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 4, trad. arr., additional lyrics Martin Simpson;
Track 3 Bruce Springsteen;
Track 5 Yip Harburg, Joy Gorney;
Track 6 lyrics Ewan MacColl, tune trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 8 Richard Thompson;
Tracks 9, 11 Martin Simpson;
Track 12 trad. arr. Martin Simpson, Fay Hield, Jon Boden

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas

Vagrant Stanzas

Martin Simpson: Vagrant Stanzas (Topic TSCD589)

Vagrant Stanzas
Martin Simpson

Topic Records TSCD589 (CD, UK, July 29, 2013)
Topic Records TXCD589 (2 CD deluxe issue, UK, July 29, 2013)

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Produced by Peter Denenberg, Martin Simpson and Richard Hawley;
Recorded at Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield on November 15, 2012 and January 16, 2013; at PRS Studios Annapolis, Maryland, USA on December 14-18, 2012; and at Andy Bell's Studio, Sheffield, on February 4, 2013;
Engineered by Peter Denenberg, Colin Elliot and Andy Bell;
Mastered by Silas Brown;
Photography by Shaun Bloodworth;
Studio photography by Marc Quigley;
Design by David Bailey

Musicians

Martin Simpson, acoustic, electric and slide guitars, 5 string banjo, vocals

Tracks

CD 1Deluxe Issue CD 2
  1. Diamond Joe (Roud 3585) (3.08)
  2. Jackie and Murphy (5.47)
  3. Shepherds Rejoice (Roud 7105) (1.58)
  4. Come Down Jehovah (4.53)
  5. Molly As She Swings (2.18)
  6. Palaces of Gold (3.39)
  7. Blue Eyed Boston Boy (Roud 629; Laws A17; G/D 1:105) (2.24)
  8. Delta Dreams (4.14)
  9. Waly Waly (Roud 87; Child 204) (6.33)
  10. North Country Blues (4.41)
  11. Lorena (1.58)
  12. Lady Gay (Roud 196; Child 79) (3.56)
  13. Stranger Song (4.54)
  14. Come Write Me Down (Roud 381; G/D 5:980) (1.53)
  1. Fair Annie (Roud 42; Child 62; G/D 6:1161) (6.52)
  2. Kaga Re (1.51)
  3. Blind Willie McTell (3.58)
  4. Old Paint (Roud 915) (1.48)
  5. The Bell (3.01)
  6. Diamond Joe (Roud 3585) (demo) (3.08)
  7. The Death of Queen Jane (Roud 77; Child 170; G/D 3:693) (2.59)
  8. The Green Linnet (Roud 1619) (6.16)

Tracks 1, 3, 7, 9, 12, 14-15, 18, 20-22 trad.;
Tracks 2, 5, 8, 19 Martin Simpson;
Track 4 Chris Wood;
Track 6 Leon Rosselson;
Tracks 10, 17 Bob Dylan;
Track 11 words Henry D.L. Webster (1856), music J.P. Webster;
Track 13 Leonard Cohen

Promo Video

> Folk Music > Records > Simpson · Cutting · Kerr: Murmurs

Simpson·Cutting·Kerr: Murmurs

Simpson·Cutting·Kerr: Murmurs (Topic TSCD591)

Murmurs
Simpson·Cutting·Kerr

Topic Records TSCD591 (CD, UK, June 8, 2015)

Murmurs Deluxe Edition
Simpson·Cutting·Kerr

Topic Records TXCD591 (CD+DVD, UK, June 8, 2015)

Simpson·Cutting·Kerr: Murmurs Deluxe Edition (Topic TXCD591)
Simpson·Cutting·Kerr: Dark Honey (Topic STOP2591)

Dark Honey / Ruben
Simpson·Cutting·Kerr

Topic Records STOP2591 (digital download, UK, April 20, 2015)
Topic Records STOP2591 (7" single, UK, May 11, 2015)

Simpson·Cutting·Kerr: Ruben (Topic STOP2591)
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Produced by Andy Bell;
Recorded by Andy Bell at Redkite Studios on January 20-22, 2015;
Assistant engineer Hugh Sheehan;
Filming by James Lockey;
Mixed by Andy Bell at Underbank Studios;
Mastered by Silas Brown at Legacy;
Starlings photograph by Graham Catley;
Photography by Shaun Bloodworth;
Design by Bruce Brand at Arthole

Musicians

Martin Simpson, guitars, 5-string banjo, vocals;
Andy Cutting, diatonic accordion;
Nancy Kerr, fiddle, viola, vocals

Tracks

CDDeluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
  1. Dark Swift & Bright Swallow (3.51)
  2. Richmond Cotillion (3.03)
  3. Dark Honey (3.25)
  4. Fair Rosamund (Roud 3729) (5.24)
  5. Gather the Owls / Train on the Island (3.09)
  6. Toy Soldiers (4.07)
  7. The Cruel Mother (Roud 9; Child 20; G/D 2:193) (4.49)
  8. Seven Years (4.23)
  9. The Plains of Waterloo (Roud 1132) (7.54)
  10. Lads of Alnwick (2.24)
  11. Not Even the Ground / Two Ladies (4.49)
  12. Some Old Salty (3.38)
  1. Angel Hill (4.16)
  2. Boston Smuggler (Roud 34; Laws L16; G/D 2:260) (5.55)
  3. I Like Him, He's Common (1.36)
  4. Broomfield Hill (Roud 34; Child 43; G/D 2:322) (4.13)
  5. Stealin' (3.29)

Deluxe Edition DVD

  1. I'll Play You Who I Am
    a documentary film about the making of Murmurs
  2. bonus interview videos

Single

  1. Dark Honey (3.25)
  2. Ruben (Roud 3423) (4.21)

Tracks 1, 6 Martin Simpson;
Tracks 2, 4, 5b, 7, 9-10, 14, 16-17 trad.;
Track 3, 11a Nancy Kerr;
Track 5a Emily Askew, Rachel Newton, Hannah James;
Tracks 8, 11b, 15 Andy Cutting;
Track 12 Lal Waterson, Oliver Knight
Track 13 words Charles Causley, music Jim Causley

Video

This video shows Simpson·Cutting·Kerr rehearsing Seven Years on January 10, 2015:

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson & Friends: Green Onions / Willie Taylor

Martin Simpson & Friends: Green Onions / Willie Taylor

Simpson·Cutting·Wright: Green Onions (Topic STOP2016)

Green Onions / Willie Taylor
Simpson·Cutting·Wright / Simpson·Cutting·Kerr

Topic Records STOP2016 (7" single, UK, Record Store Day April 16, 2016)

Simpson·Cutting·Kerr: Willie Taylor (Topic STOP2016)
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Photography by Graham Whitmore;
Drawing by David Suff

Musicians

Martin Simpson, guitars, 5-string banjo, vocals;
Andy Cutting, diatonic accordion;
Tom Wright, drums, guitar [1];
Nancy Kerr, fiddle, viola, vocals [2]

Tracks

Side ASide B
  1. Green Onions (3.05)
  1. Willie Taylor (Roud 158; Laws N11; G/D 1:169)

Track 1 Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson, Lewis Steinberg, Steve Cropper;
Track 2 trad.

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons: A Selection of Ever Popular Favourites

Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons: A Selection of Ever Popular Favourites

Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons: A Selection of Ever Popular Favourites (Fledg'ling FLED 3100)

Mr. Martin Simpson & Mr Dom Flemons Proudly Present a Selection of Ever Popular Favourites
Martin Simpson

Fledg'ling Records FLED 3100 (CD, UK, October 10, 2016)

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Recorded live by Andy Bell at various venues during Autumn 2015;
Portrait photographs by Elly Lucas, performance photographs by David Suff;
Design by Bruce Brand at the Arthole Emporium

Musicians

Martin Simpson, vocals [2, 4, 6, 9-10], six-string guitar [1-2], lead slide guitar [3], slide guitar [5, 7], guitar [6, 8-11], 5-string banjo [4, 12];
Dom Flemons, vocals [1, 3, 5, 7-8, 11-12], background vocals [6, 9], 4-string plectrum banjo [1], harmonica [2], lap-style slide guitar [3], guitar [5, 7], bones [2, 4, 10, 12], quill [8, 11], electric tea kettle [9]

Tracks

  1. My Money Never Runs Out (Roud 18812) (3.10)
  2. John Hardy (Roud 3262; Laws I2) (4.16)
  3. If I Lose (4.04)
  4. Little Sadie (Roud 780; Laws I8) (3.59)
  5. Pay Day (3.42)
  6. Short Time Come Again No More (Roud V17531) (3.20)
  7. Too Long (I've Been Gone) (3.13)
  8. Bulldozer Blues (4.13)
  9. Stealin' (3.37)
  10. Champagne Charlie (3.08)
  11. Coalman Blues (4.10)
  12. Buckeye Jim (Roud 10059) (3.11)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Simpson, Dom Flemons except
Track 2 trad. arr. Martin Simpson;
Track 7 Dom Flemons

> Folk Music > Records > Martin Simpson

Other records with Martin Simpson

Andrew Cronshaw, Earthed in Cloud Valley, LP, Trailer LER 2104, 1977

Various Artists, Fylde Acoustic, LP, Trailer LER 2105, 1977

Roger Nicholson, Stefan Sobell, Liz Sobell, Pete Coe & Holly Cannen, The Dulcimer Players, LP, Transatlantic The Leader Tradition LTRA 502, 1977

Andrew Cronshaw, Wade in the Flood, LP, Transatlantic The Leader Tradition LTRA 508, 1978

Les Barker, Dogmatic, LP, Avada AVA 111, 1980

Keith Dewhurst & The Albion Band, Lark Rise to Candleford, LP, Charisma CDS 4020, 1980

Various Artists, The Good Old Way, LP, Topic TPSS412, 1980

Andrew Cronshaw, The Great Dark Water, LP, Waterfront WF 009, 1982

June Tabor, Abyssinians, LP, Topic 12TS432, 1983

Steve Turner, Eclogue, LP, Fellside FE042, 1984

Various Artists, Buttons and Bows: A Celebration of British Tunes, 2 LP, Dambuster DAM 003, 1984

Various Artists, Buttons and Bows 2: A Further Celebration of British Tunes, 2 LP, Dambuster DAM 006, 1985

Various Artists, Where Would You Rather Be Tonight?, LP, Sunrise A40111M, 1986

Anonyma, Burnt Feathers, LP, Fellside FE059, 1987

Various Artists, Square Roots: An Unlikely Selection from the Pages of Folk Roots Magazine, LP, FolkRoots FROOT 001, 1987

Andrew Cronshaw, Till the Beasts' Returnin, LP, Topic 12TS447, 1988

June Tabor, Aqaba, LP, Topic 12TS449, 1988

Andrew Cronshaw, The Andrew Cronshaw CD, CD, Topic TSCD447, 1989

June Tabor, Aspects, LP/CD, Conifer Request CDRR 501, 1990

June Tabor, Anthology, CD, Music Club MCCD 126, 1993

Various Artists, The Folk Collection, CD, Topic TSCD470, 1993

Danny Carnahan and Robin Petrie, Cut and Run, CD, Fledg'ling FLE 1006, 1994

Ashley Hutchings, The Guv'nor Vol. 1 , CD, HTD HTD CD 23, 1994

Mike Tickell, Warksburn, CD, Black Crow CROCD229, 1994

Various Artists, Fingerstyle Guitar: New Dimensions & Explorations, Vol. 3, video, Vestapol 13018, 1994

Various Artists, The Art of Fingerstyle Guitar, video, Vestapol 13021, 1995

Various Artists, Troubadours of British Folk Vol. 3, CD, Rhino R2 72162, 1995

Various Artists, The Sporting Life? An Artists for Animals Compilation, LP, Agit-Prop PROP 6, 1997

June Tabor, On Air, CD, Strange Fruit SFRSCD074, 1998

Various Artists, English Originals: A Defining Collection of English Folk Song, CD, Topic TSCD706, 1999

Various Artists, The Folk Collection, 2 CD, Topic TSCD707/8, 1999

Various Artists, Where Have All the Flowers Gone? The Songs of Pete Seeger, 2 CD, Appleseed 1024, 1998

Waterson:Carthy, A Dark Light, CD, Topic TSCD536, 2002

Various Artists, The Acoustic Folk Box, 4 CD, Topic TSFCD4001, 2002

June Tabor, An Echo of Hooves, CD, Topic TSCD543, 2003

June Tabor, The Definitive Collection, CD, Highpoint HPO6003, 2003

Various Artists, Dark Was the Night: A Tribute to the Music of Blind Willie Johnson, CD, Deep Sea SeaD 8002, 2003

Various Artists, The Definitive Folk Collection, CD, Highpoint HPO6002, 2003

Various Artists, Fingerstyle Guitar: New Dimensions & Explorations, Vol. 3, DVD, Vestapol 13018, 2003

Martin Carthy, Waiting for Angels, CD, Topic TSCD527, 2004

Various Artists, The English Collection, CD, Highpoint HPO6010, 2004

Roy Bailey with Martin Simpson & John Kirkpatrick, Sit Down & Sing, CD, Fuse CFCD406, 2005

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Strands of Gold, CD, Fellside FECD199, 2005

June Tabor, At the Wood's Heart, CD, Topic TSCD557, 2005

June Tabor, Always, 4 CD, Topic TSFCD4003, 2005

Steve Tilston, Of Many Hands, CD, Ada ADA106CD, 2005

Les Barker, Twilight of the Dogs, CD, Mrs Ackroyd DOG 019, 2006

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2005, 2 CD, Proper PROPERFOLK01, 2005

Various Artists, Rubber Folk, CD, Gott GOTTCD035, 2006

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2006, 2 CD, Proper PROPERFOLK02, 2006

Various Artists, Cool As Folk (Cambridge Folk Festival 1999-2006), 2 CD, Gott GOTTCD070, 2007

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2007, 3 CD, Proper PROPERFOLK03, 2007

Alistair Anderson, Islands, CD, White Meadow WMR2008CD, 2008

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2008, 3 CD, Proper PROPERFOLK05, 2008

Various Artists, That's Proper Folk!!, CD, Proper PROPERFOLK06, 2008

Roy Bailey, Below the Radar, CD, Fuse CFCD407, 2009

Various Artists, Three Score and Ten: 70 Years of Topic Records, 7 CD, Topic TOPIC70, 2009

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009, 3 CD, Proper PROPERFOLK08, 2009

Roy Bailey, Tomorrow, CD, Fuse CFCD408, 2010

Eliza Carthy, Norma Waterson, Gift, CD, Topic TSCD579, 2010

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010, 3 CD, Proper PROPERFOLK10, 2010

Spiers & Boden, The Works, CD, Navigator NAVIGATOR046, 2011

Dan Walsh & Will Pound, Walsh & Pound, CD, Rooksmere RRCD102, 2011

Various Artists, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan: A Folk Tribute, digital download, Delphonic DELPH010, 2011

Haddo, Homecoming, CD, Lulubug 001, 2012

Fay Hield, Orfeo, CD, Topic TSCD586, 2012

Ewan McLennan, The Last Bird to Sing, CD, Fellside FECD250, 2012

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012, 3 CD, Proper PROPERFOLK12, 2012

Various Artists, Cambridge Folk Festival 2011, DVD, Delphonic DELPH015, 2012

Roy Bailey, Stories, digital download EP, Fuse CFCD409, 2014

Nancy Kerr, Sweet Visitor, CD, Little Dish LIDICD001, 2014

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, 2 CD, Proper PROPERFOLK15, 2014

Various Artists, Cambridge Folk Festival: Celebrating 50 Years, download, Delphonic DELPH100, 2014

Various Artists, Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl, CD, Cooking Vinyl COOKCD624, 2015

Fay Hield, Old Adam, CD, Soundpost SOPO5003, 2016

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, 2 CD, Proper PROPERFOLK17, 2016