This Monday, 5th September is a date for the diary to remember to buy the new CD Purpose + Grace by Martin Simpson. In the attached video Martin explain how this new project is a collection of songs in honour those people who have influence him over his years of recording. Not only does he delve into traditional songs but from his contemporaries too, from Richard Thompson, Bruce Springsteen to Yip Harburg’s 1932 song Brother Can you Spare a dime, which has as much relevance today as it did in the great depression. And this album is not just a solo effort as he call upon his band of Andy Cutting, Andy Seward, B J Cole as well as friends Richard Thompson, Jon Boden, the young harmonica player Will Pound and singers June Tabor, Dick Gaughan and Fay Heild.
I remember seeing The Martin Simpson Band, who stepped in at the last minute at the Folk By The Oak festival in 2010, this for me was a revelation. Only having seen Martin play solo or as a duo and to see him front a six piece band and then watch the crowd dancing along was amazing. So it’s great to hear one of the dances favourites Little Liza Jane is on the album as well as and The Lakes of Ponchartrain which shows Will Pound harmonica playing to the full
So with this in mind best note down 8th September for The Martin Simpson Band playing at the Royal and Dernegate in Northampton and I can highly recommend this too.