Martin Simpson to perform at Derby Peace Concert

St Peter's Church and Martin Simpson

Mon 26 Mar 2018

If you enjoy music, especially folk or blues, performed by an excellent musician and singer, then you will enjoy seeing Martin Simpson perform in a small and intimate surrounding (St Peters Church, Derby). Martin has played at many large venues and festivals, but this is likely to be a special performance from a highly talented individual. His solo performances are always moving and allow him to perform a wide range of music. He will be performing two sets with an interval.

Martin Simpson is one of English folk music’s treasures. As well as being an excellent guitarist (acoustic, slide and blues), he has an amazing knowledge of the stories behind songs (usually told in a humorous manner). His music covers both English folk and American blues, having lived in the USA for 15 years. Despite being nominated more times than any other musician in the BBC Folk Music Awards (27 in 15 years!), he remains a humble and self-effacing performer. He has won awards for musician of the year, best track and best album at the BBC Folk Awards on several occasions.

When he heard about Derby’s Peace Concert and its aims to bring people together against war and racism, he said he really wanted to play at it. Martin has had a longstanding interest in singing songs about peace, social justice, the environment and anti-racism. This is almost certainly his only appearance in Derby this year.

Support is by Helen Wilson, an upcoming folk singer songwriter from Cheshire. Having been a backing singer for many years, she has been recording her own songs since 2014. Like Martin, she too wanted to be involved in Derby Peace Week.

All profits will go to Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity. Derby Peace Concert is the main event in Derby Peace Week (a series of cultural events, including music, film and spoken word highlighting peace, refugees, racism, the environment and social justice) The Peace Week and Concert are being supported by over a dozen local groups.