NEWS & WHAT’S ON
If that wasn’t enough to keep all you Simpsonites stimulated, he also has a solo album due to be released next year to coincide with the 85th anniversary of Topic Records.
Sky Dancers is almost ready to come out of the oven and will be two CDs – a 10-track studio album and an eight-track live album, containing two additional tracks recorded live in the studio.
"I am very excited to say my solo album is within an ace of being completed. The album is an extraordinary and accurate representation of my relationship with the material I perform, and with the influences which continue to make themselves felt after 58 years of playing,” said Simpson.
It's due for release in March of 2024 to coincide with Topic’s anniversary celebrations. Fans can get a taster at his forthcoming concerts, listed below.
Those of you who want to improve your musical skills should keep an eye on his website as the online workshops will be making a return and, hopefully, in-person sessions could be in the pipeline, to find out more email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jutz is an award-winning guitarist who has brought to the table his deep interest in Cecil Sharp’s 1916 and 1918 collection: English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, particularly those tunes from singers, Mary Sands and Jane Gentry.
"The stories and messages in these songs are as important today as they were hundreds of years ago. The reason is they deal with archetypes, and archetypes and the problems related to them transcend time and place,” said Jutz.
01 Cumbernauld Folk Club, Lanternhouse, South Kildrum Ring Road Cumbernauld North Lanarkshire G67 2UF
02 Kelso Folk Festival, Old Parish Church, Kelso, TD5 7BJ
03 CatStrand, New Galloway, DG7 3RN
06 Broadford Hall, Isle of Skye IV49 9AE
07 An Lanntair, Stornoway, Kenneth Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis HS1 2DS
08 St Peter's Scottish Episcopal Church, 153 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AB
09 The Masonic Hall, 152 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry Dundee DD5 1DT
15 Rye Arts Festival, Rye Community Centre, TN31 7LE
24 Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0HF
08 Hartlepool Folk Festival, various town venues
19 Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX
21 Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton Union Street, Burton upon Trent, DE14 1AA
22 Hellens Manor, Great Barn, Herefordshire, HR8 2LY
24 Wrecking Ball Music & Books, 15 Whitefriargate Hull, HU1 2ER
26 Arnside Sailing Club, The Old Customs House, 17, The Promenade, Arnside, Carnforth LA5 0HD
27 Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1PQ
01 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DE
02 Chapel Arts Centre, St James Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1QR
03 The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth Flavel Place, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND
05 Temperance Bar, 33 Bath Street, Leamington Spa CV31 3AF
17 St Edith Folk, Memorial Hall High St, Otford, Sevenoaks TN14 5PQ
18 St Mary's Church Hall, 7 Oxford St, Marlborough SN8 1AP
19 Moth Club, London Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, London E9 6NU
23 Plowright Theatre, Laneham St, Scunthorpe DN15 6JT
27 St Mary's Church, Twyford, Winchester SO21 1NS