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Cool & Unusual

Martin Simpson

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Album Review

Cool & Unusual is a typically engaging and entrancing collection of acoustic guitar work from Martin Simpson, finding the guitarist blending together a vast variety of sounds — American and British folk, Celtic, country, worldbeat, blues — into a signature sound that is singularly entrancing.

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Wonderful album of guitar music

This is such a well played and well produced work by Martin Simpson. Each tune stands alone, yet Martin strings them all together in a grand tapestry of acoustic guitar excellence. If you are a fan of acoustic guitar instrumental music, this is by far one of the master works in this genre. As a highly musical and very listenable album, you can't go wrong. The mood created by Martin Simpson sets this album in a special place in my collection, and I'm sure yours too. -Tom

Biography

Born: May 5, 1953 in Scunthorpe, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Martin Simpson is one of the most visible examples of the relationship between the Celtic folk of the United Kingdom and American musics such as country and the blues, which branched away from their British sources as American immigrants became distant from their past countrymen. Simpson's life charts a similar journey — one of the most technically gifted guitarists alive in the 2000s, he was born in South Humberside, England, but moved to the United States in the late '80s (after recording...
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