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'Trails & Tribulations' - Martin Simpson
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Saw Martin Simpson perform at Marlborough Town Hall last night. Have seen this folk/blues troubadour a few times and like him a lot. He is currently touring to promote his new cd 'Trails and Tribulations' - don't normally buy the cd but did on this occasion as there are two particularly beautiful songs on it.

'Maps' which is about his love of maps going back to childhood when he used to climb into a neighbours shed and trace imaginary walks, folding them up carefully afterwards so he couldn't be followed. The song goes onto to tell of Edward Thomas and Ivor Gurney who used to walk together before going off to war in 1917, only Ivor came back after being shot and gassed. He ended up locked in an a secure hospital. After being there for several years he was visited by Edward Thomas's widow Helen. She brought Edward's maps with her and helped him to relive some of their past walks.

And 'Ridgeway' - a very beautiful song told as the spirit of the downs referencing buzzard, red kite, ancient trees and the activity of humans which eventually formed the Ridgeway.

Neither of these songs are available on youtube, the cd is a tenner - well worth it.[...]n-simpson-trails-tribulations/

PS: The cd itself has on it the reproduction of an old map showing the area around Scunthorpe where Martin Simpson grew up.

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Posted by tjj
3rd February 2018ce