Martin Simpson on BBC Radio 2’s Guitar Season

Martin Simpson appears on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 Drivetime Show next Monday (19 May) talking about folk guitar and demonstrating his skills as part of the BBC’s Guitar Season.

Later in the week, Martin will be taking part in ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ which for one week is being dubbed ‘Friday Night is Guitar Night’.

“Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two” – so said composer Frederic Chopin. Beethoven was equally impressed by the instrument – “The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself”, he once said.

On next Fridays, Friday Night is Music Night as part of Radio 2’s guitar season, the show boasts 3 guitars in the hands of 3 exponents of the instrument in 3 different genres of music. Guests will include jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, folk guitarist Martin Simpson and classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglic.

The BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of Richard Balcombe recall some icon guitar themes including Monty Norman’s 007 theme, Apache by Jerry Lordan, Classical Gas by Mason Williams and the theme to the BBC drama Edge of Darkness written by Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen.

Folk meets jazz in a guitar collaboration between Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson and the evening ends with a performance by Milos of the only classical guitar concerto to make the UK top ten – Rodrigo’s Adagio from his Concierto d’Aranjuez.