Martin Simpson's Purpose + Grace takes its very apposite title from the great American songwriter Yip Harburg (composer of Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Brother Can You Spare A Dime and Only A Paper Moon); 'I am one of the last of a small tribe of troubadours who still believe that life is a beautiful and exciting journey with a purpose and grace well worth singing about.'
The album marks a bold and confident step for Simpson. Building upon the strengths of Prodigal Son and True Stories, like a movie producer, he conceived the whole project over a number of months and then invited some of his favourite musicians to bring their stellar talents to the recording sessions.
Jon Boden, B J Cole, Dick Gaughan, Fay Hield, Will Pound, June Tabor and Richard Thompson join Martin's regular band - Andy Cutting, Andy Seward and Keith Angel - on an exemplary series of performances. The material shifts from Anglo-American ballads, Scots and English traditional songs to new compositions from Bruce Springsteen, Richard Thompson, the aforementioned Yip Harburg and Martin Simpson.
1. The Sheffield Apprentice
2. Bold General Wolfe
3. Brothers Under The Bridge
4. Little Liza Jane
5. Brother Can You Spare A Dime
6. Jamie Foyers
7. In The Pines
8. Strange Affair
9. Banjo Bill
10. Barbry Allen
11. Don't Leave Your Banjo In The Shed Mr. Waterson
12. Bad Girl's Lament
13. Lakes Of Ponchartrain
Purpose + Grace - Martin Simpson
- Artist: Simpson, Martin
- Product Code: 714822058421
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