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Martin Simpson's Band of Angels

For the past two years, Martin Simpson and Jessica Ruby Simpson have been playing with Band of Angels, an ensemble featuring Lisa Ekston on whistle and accordion, Alisa Fineman on guitar and harmonium, Kimball Hurd on mandolin and mandola, Barry Phillips on cello, bowed psaltery and percussion, and everyone on vocals. Their sound incorporates the varied influences of Richard Thompson, the Incredible String Band, Robert Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones and O'Carolan. Martin Simpson was born in Northern England, played his first gig at fourteen, and has since become known as one of the finest and most widely admired acoustic guitar players in the world. His dynamic solo performances are legendary - showcasing his remarkable command of multiple complex styles, bringing passion, wit and intelligence to every performance. Now living in California, Simpson is fast becoming one of the world's most respected guitarists. His guitar playing covers many styles of music - Celtic and British Isles to the Blues. Martin has played with Richard Thompson, Fairport Convention, and Steve Miller.

Guitar Player Magazine says, "His performances elicit powerful emotions and subtle, understated beauty . . . sheer mastery of the acoustic guitar."

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