WHEN a musician has been nominated for 26 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 12 years, there must be something special about them.
And, unsurprisingly, Martin Simpson, pictured left, is regarded as one of the world’s finest acoustic and slide guitar players, resulting in his success at the BBC’s annual ceremony, and is performing at Peebles’ Eastgate Theatre tomorrow night.
He combines the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-time music, having spent 15 years living in the United States.
In addition, his own songwriting has produced some classics such as Love Never Dies, to the moving Never Any Good and One Day.
His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller and Dick Gaughan.
At the BBC Folk Awards, he has won Musician of the Year twice and picked up an unprecedented six nominations for his CD True Stories in 2010.
Tickets for tomorrow’s gig, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced at £14. Phone 01721 725777 for more details.