Guitar Virtuoso and English Folk Music Icon Martin Simpson to play St. John’s, July 03

Foleymore Entertainment is very proud to welcome Martin Simpson to St. John’s for one night only, Tuesday, July 03 at the historic LSPU Hall.
There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin Simpson is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. He has gained as much of a following in folk music for his beautiful
interpretations of traditional material as he has for his virtuoso guitar playing and his touching song-writing. 
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, and many more.
Martin has been nominated an astounding 32 times in the 19 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 13 nominations for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice.

For this show Martin will be supported by Newfoundland and Labrador’s own Matthew Byrne. Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition
with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His third album Horizon Lines has just been released in the UK to rave reviews.
Martin Simpson Live at the LSPU Hall happens at 8pm, July 03 at the LSPU hall, 3 Victoria Street, St. John’s. Tickets are $25, plus surcharges, and are available now at the LSPU Hall box office, 753- 4531, or book online at

For more info, interview requests or audio materials for broadcast, call Roger Lockyer at Foleymore Entertainment at (709) 746-6825, or email

In Praise of Martin:
“A master musician on top of his game.”
– The Observer
“One of the finest fingerstyle and acoustic slide guitarists in the world.”
– Guitar Player Magazine
In Praise of Matthew:
“Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country.”
– Penguin Eggs
“It’s increasingly rare to find male traditional singers who are not just good, but GREAT!
Matthew is certainly in that truly great category.”
- Brian O’Donovan, WGBH, Boston