I have been moved to supply a review - for the first time.
I'm a jazz guitar fan, and came across Martin Simpson when he toured with Martin Taylor. His playing was impressive, and I bought this album as it seemed to be the least 'folksy' in his canon.
Exactly right - some traditional British themes, mixed liberally with American blues amd third world instrumentation. But the most impressive thing is the simple, visceral elegance of the man's playing and arrangements. Track 5 (The Week Before Easter) truly moves me to tears every time I listen to it.
I thoroughly recommend that you get this whatever style of music you favour.