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Martin Simpson to release Trails & Tribulations in September

The album is the follow-up to 2013’s Vagrant Stanzas.

Martin Simpson
Credit: Elly Lucas

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson releases his 20th solo album Trails & Tribulations on 1st September 2017 via Topic Records.

The album is the first new solo work since 2013’s Vagrant Stanzas. It will be available in standard and deluxe CD, digital download and standard vinyl.

“Trails & Tribulations is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. There are traditional songs, poems and contemporary songs by great writers, and songs that I had to write because nobody else knew what I wanted to say. I travel, I learn songs, I write and try to get better at the skills required for me to do my job. I look at the world as I pass by, on the road, out of the train window, or as I stop and pay close attention to the square foot under my nose. There is so much to see and to hear and to inspire and to try and understand. I had a huge amount of fun playing and recording these songs, using different instruments, different noises, old friends and new ones, all of whom brought so much to the mix.” says Martin.

The album is produced and engineered by Andel Bell and features Martin showcasing his incredible musicianship on a variety of instruments including acoustic guitars, resonator guitars, Weissenbown lap steel guitar, electric guitars, 5 string banjo, ukulele and of course his voice.

Martin is joined on the album by guest musicians Ben Nicholls (string bass and electric bass guitars), Toby Kearney (drums and percussion), Nancy Kerr (fiddle and viola), Andy Cutting (diatonic accordion and melodeon), John Smith (electric guitar and backing vocals), Helen Bell (strings), Amy Newhouse-Smith (backing vocals) and his daughter Molly Simpson on vocals.

In support of the record Martin will headline Cambridge Folk Festival this summer and London’s Kings Place in the autumn. He will also tour extensively.

Trails & Tribulations track listing (standard edition):

1. Blues Run The Game
2. Bones & Feathers
3. Thomas Drew
4. East Kentucky
5. Katherine Of Aragon Interlude
6. A Ballad For Katherine Of Aragon
7. Maps
8. St. James Hospital
9. Jasper’s/Dancing Shoes
10. Ridgeway
11. Rufford Park Poachers
12. Reynardine Interlude
13. Reynardine

Deluxe Edition CD2 Bonus Tracks:

1. Joshua Gone Barbados
2. Dillard Chandler
3. Willy O’Winsbury
4. Heartbreak Hotel
5. Blues Run The Game Interlude
6. Blues Run The Game (Radio Edit)

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