Kind Letters

Kind Letters

by Martin Simpson
     
 
For several decades, Martin Simpson has been a contender for the Finest Fingerstyle Folk Guitarist in the World Award. But on Kind Letters he puts himself in the running for Finest Arranger as well, with several subtly adventurous and completely wonderful settings including "The Cruel Brother" (check out the gorgeous string writing

Overview

For several decades, Martin Simpson has been a contender for the Finest Fingerstyle Folk Guitarist in the World Award. But on Kind Letters he puts himself in the running for Finest Arranger as well, with several subtly adventurous and completely wonderful settings including "The Cruel Brother" (check out the gorgeous string writing and the quiet but wild electric guitar behind his acoustic guitar and voice) and "Here's Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy." Also noteworthy are a spare and lovely guitar-and-accordion arrangement of Simpson's own "Bareback to Bullhassocks" and his fine clawhammer banjo playing on "House Carpenter." Simpson's ability to sing freely around the rhythm while playing with a solid, square beat is nothing short of amazing, and as a singer he does a very good job of making the most of his somewhat limited instrument. The album's finest moment comes right in the middle, on a sad and beautiful arrangement of one of the great British death songs (of which there are so many), "Adieu, Adieu." This is another in a long line of exceptionally fine albums from one of British folk's brightest stars.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
Label:
Topic Records
UPC:
0714822055321
catalogNumber:
553
Rank:
318129

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Simpson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals,5-string Banjo
Chris Parkinson   Harmonica,Piano,Accordion
Nancy Kerr   Violin,Viola
Donnchadha Gough   Bodhran,uillean pipes
Thomas Doorley   Flute
Brendan McCarthy   Accordion
Donal Clancy   Guitar
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh   Vocals,Human Whistle
Éamon Doorley   Bouzouki
Oisín McAuley   Violin
James Fagan   Bouzouki

Technical Credits

Martin Simpson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
David P. Bailey   Illustrations
Traditional   Composer
Oliver Knight   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh   Whistle

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