One of the World’s Top Guitarists Makes Welcome Return to Moniaive

One of the top acoustic guitarists of all time says he is looking forward to a return visit to the beautiful Scottish village of Moniaive.

Martin Simpson is playing a gig at the Craigdarroch Arms on Friday, 3 November, where he will entertain with a variety of music, including songs from his eagerly awaited new solo album Trails and Tribulations.

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game.

Simpson is listed in Gibson Guitars’ top 30 acoustic guitarists of all time, and Acoustic Guitar readers voted him number 12 guitarist in the world in 2005.

He said: “Moniaive is beautiful village in one of my favourite areas of Scotland. I’m delighted to return to play for what was such a great audience.”
Martin is home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions. His playing is full of passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty.
Reviewers are full of praise, with The Observer saying he is “A master musician on top of his game,” with The Guardian adding: “Simpson’s playing is technically stunning, intricate and exquisite…”
Tim O’Sullivan, who runs the Craigdarroch Arms, said: “It’s a huge privilege to be able to welcome one of the greatest living guitar players back to Moniaive.
“There’s a real sense of excitement about his visit as it’s such a superb chance to enjoy an intimate gig with a musician with a worldwide reputation for the excellence and beauty of his playing.”

Simpson has collaborated with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum including Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons.

In recent years, he has been a lynchpin in the award-winning Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and, in 2015, recorded Murmurs, an exciting new album with Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr.

He has had more nominations than any other performer in the 15 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a total of 31 and has twice been named its Musician of the Year.


Craigdarroch Arms Hotel

  • Friday, 3 November 2017
  • Doors open at 8:00pm
  • Starts 8:30pm
  • Price £12.50 (booking fees apply)
  • Box office 01848 200205


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