Martin Simpson   With 35 years as a professional musician under his belt, it is no surprise that Martin Simpson is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world. His interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling and 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 June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more. Martin has been nominated an astounding 31 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 12 nominations for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Martin will perform in Marquee 1 on Saturday evening. Martin will also lead a guitar workshop in Marquee 3 on Saturday afternoon – a great opportunity to pick up tips from the maestro.