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Jools is joined by folk guitar legend Martin Simpson

Jools is joined by folk guitar legend Martin Simpson.

Jools is joined by folk guitar legend Martin Simpson, who'll be playing a Bob Dylan classic with the band and picking some of his favourite records.

There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, "Love Never Dies" to the profoundly moving "Never Any Good" and "One Day".

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Hawley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danu, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, Dom Flemons and many more.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Smiley Lewis

    Shame, Shame, Shame

    • Backbeat-The Worlds Greatest Rock'n'Roll Drummers.
    • Ace.
    • 4.
  • Lee Allen

    Rockin' At Cosmo's

    • Backbeat-The Worlds Greatest Rock'n'Roll Drummers.
    • Ace.
    • 5.
  • Lonnie Johnson

    Friendless and Blue

    • Complete Recorded Works 1937 -1947.
    • Document Records.
    • 9.
  • Bonnie Raitt

    What You Doin' To Me

    • Dig In Deep.
    • Redwing.
    • 5.
  • William Bell

    One Plus One

    • More From The Other Side Of The Trax.
    • Kent.
    • 15.
  • Joel Culpepper

    Far From Your Average

    • Tortoise.
    • Reconstruct Music Recordings.
    • 6.
  • Eric Clapton

    Motherless Children

    • From The Cradle.
    • Reprise.
    • 11.
  • Martin Simpson

    Blues Run the Game

    • Trails & Tribulations.
    • Topic.
    • 001.
  • Washington Phillips

    Lift Him Up That's All

  • Martin Simpson & Jools Holland & Band

    Blind Wille McTell

  • Martin Simpson

    Bones and Feathers

    • Trails + Tribulations.
    • Topic Records.
    • 2.


Meet the band

Meet the band

Find out about the musicians that play with Jools on the show.