Music legends to join forces in gig

Taylor and Simpson at Hailsham Pavilion SUS-160328-114451001
Taylor and Simpson at Hailsham Pavilion SUS-160328-114451001

A venerated pair of musicans have combined their extraordinary individual talents and will perform at Hailsham Pavilion on Sunday April 10 at 7.30pm.

Organiser Bob Perry commented of the upcoming gig by Martin Simpson and Martin Taylor: “This will undoubtedly be a very special evening as these two guitar playing legends get together.”

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.

His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving, and whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, this acclaimed artist is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

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.

And then there is the completely self-taught, award-winning jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, who has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning four decades. During that time he has collected an MBE and invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world.

He has performed with musicians from many different genres including Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, and Jamie Cullum.

Jeff Beck described him as “the finest guitarist he had ever met,” while Pat Metheny said: “Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable.”

As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with strong stage presence. He has been nominated an astounding 23 times in the 11 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Tickets £20.00 - in advance from 01323 841414.