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Person standing against a hedge with an acoustic guitar

Whether playing traditional folk songs from England, American blues or his own original work, Martin Simpson is renowned for his fingerstyle guitar prowess.

Having released his debut album Golden Vanity in 1976, the virtuosic instrumentalist has continued to carve a legacy as one of the foremost acoustic guitar players worldwide with 32 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards to his name.

At the core of his work is an intricate narrative essence, delivered with nuanced and emotive dexterity. In addition to his expansive solo music, Simpson has collaborated with the likes of Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Irish trad-folk band Danù.

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Unreserved seated event

Age: 14+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

Doors: 19.30
Start Time: 20.00

“Simpson has become a fine interpreter of traditional and other songs, as well as a notable writer of his own”

The Times

The venue

Bristol Folk House

Getting to the venue

Location: Bristol Folk House is located near Bristol city centre off Park Street, 300m walk from Bristol Beacon or College Green.

Address: 40a Park St, Bristol BS1 5JG



Bicycle racks are available within the venue’s courtyard garden. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

 Car parking

Limited on street parking is available on Park Street (100m). The closest multi-story car park is Trenchard Street Car Park (483m).

 Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Folk House is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. View a map of the Zone and check if your vehicle will be charged.


College Green bus stops are 101m from the venue, with frequent services to and from the city centre. The nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads (1931m).

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Unfortunately Bristol Folk House does not have level access or accessible facilities. There are a total of 14 steps and a slope between floors to access the entrance, foyer and performance space.


This venue does not have an accessible toilet.

Assistance Dogs

All assistance dogs are welcome in the venue and auditorium.

Hearing Facility

There is no induction loop facility at this venue.


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