Includes FREE MP3
of this album.
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £4.99
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available


True Stories [CD]

Martin Simpson Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
Price: £12.78 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Does not apply to gift orders. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 25 Sep.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
Buy the MP3 album for £4.99 at the Amazon Digital Music Store.

Amazon's Martin Simpson Store


Image of album by Martin Simpson


Image of Martin Simpson


Vagrant Stanzas


There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

There is no-one who has more successfully combined ... Read more in Amazon's Martin Simpson Store

Visit Amazon's Martin Simpson Store
for 28 albums, 11 photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

True Stories + Prodigal Son + The Definitive Collection
Price For All Three: £33.25

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B002BWQ47I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Look Up, Look DownMartin Simpson, Philip Selway, Keith Angel, Danny Thompson, Andy Cutting, BJ Cole, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sir Patrick SpensMartin Simpson, Andy Cutting, Nigel Eaton 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. GreystonesMartin Simpson, Danny Thompson 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Home AgainMartin Simpson, Keith Angel, Danny Thompson, BJ Cole, Andy Cutting, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Wind & The RainMartin Simpson, Andy Cutting, Andy Seward, Kellie While, Nigel Eaton 5:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. One DayMartin Simpson, Danny Thompson 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Will AtkinsonMartin Simpson 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kielder SchottischeMartin Simpson, Andy Cutting, Danny Thompson 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lord Thomas & Fair EllenderMartin Simpson, Andy Seward, Andy Cutting, BJ Cole 6:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Done It AgainMartin Simpson, Andy Cutting, Jon Boden 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. An Englishman AbroadMartin Simpson, Keith Angel, Andy Seward, BJ Cole, Andy Cutting 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Swooping MollyMartin Simpson 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. StagoleeMartin Simpson, Philip Selway, Keith Angel, Danny Thompson, Andy Cutting, Jon Boden 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

In the last two years, Martin Simpson has been busier, more successful and more visible than ever before in his 37 year career, appearing on television, radio and at sell-out concerts up and down the country. His 2007 album, Prodigal Son was his most successful album ever, hugely outselling all his previous albums, and collecting two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Best Album & Best Original Song for his composition "Never Any Good"). It also marked his emergence as a songwriter of exceptional quality and sensitivity. With True Stories he moves on apace, broadening the sound palette with an album ranging from solo guitar instrumentals to full band arrangements featuring some of the finest musicians anywhere - bass icon, Danny Thompson; Radiohead drummer, Philip Selway; pedal steel legend, B J Cole; Bellowhead's frontman, Jon Boden; accordion ace, Andy Cutting and many others. The success of Martin's deeply moving song to his father, "Never Any Good", on Prodigal Son has galvanised his song writing muse. True Stories is evenly split between traditional songs and tunes and Martin's original compositions. Advance word on True stories is that it is even better than Prodigal Son. It will be launched at the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival in a headlining performance.

Product Description

I will ship by EMS or SAL items in stock in Japan. It is approximately 7-14days on delivery date. You wholeheartedly support customers as satisfactory. Thank you for you seeing it.

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 15 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD
I saw Martin for the first time live in Leamington Spa last night and was bowled over. I'd only recently discovered him via the 'That's Proper Folk' compilation (available here at a stupidly low price!That's Proper Folk ) and immediately began hoovering-up Martin's back catalogue.

If someone had told me that he was a guitar virtuoso with a folky voice, I would have ran a mile expecting his albums to be pleasant but dull. However, they're nothing of the sort. What strikes me is the range of styles that are present on his albums. They're rich in detail, broad in the sense that many genres are expertly covered and, so far, every album contains a geniune tear-jerker. To be moved by music is one of life's great joys and you really feel that Martin reaches out to his audience and really connects.

The True Stories album sounds simply gorgeous. Unforgetable songs and instrumentals that'll you'll be humming quietly to yourself whilst staring at the rain or the approaching dusk. A soundtrack to a real life.

I can't believe I spent so long listening to music without Martin coming onto my radar. Now I feel like a disciple who wants to tell the world about this great music.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely excellent work from Mr Simpson 1 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Those of you who bought his excellent Prodigal Son album will not be disappointed. It contains, the now expected, outstanding guitar playing and a good mix of songs and instrumentals: naturally, he is supported by an array of very talented musicians.

Amongst this is the stunning One Day. A story of tragedy and hope that will move all but the coldest heart. It is based on the sight of twin oaks .... when a gypsy child is buried, an acorn in placed in each hand.

For the background see Mike Hardin's blog on the BBC Web Site. Below is a short quote.

"Martin Taylor's son Stewart died tragically young, and the song, based on a four-line poem by Martin Taylor and finished by Martin Simpson is a simple, heart-breaking story that draws much of its imagery from gypsy life"

You will never look at a pair of twin oaks in a hedgerow in the same way again.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Stories - Martin Simpson 8 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Another great album from Martin Simpson. Stunning virtuosity on the various guitars, excellent songs and brilliant work by the accompanying musicians. I am particularly impressed with Andy Cutting's efforts on melodeon. In my opinion this album has managed the difficult task of maintaining the same high standard as the previous album Prodigal Son.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Consumate musicianship again 12 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not quite in the same class as Prodigal Son but still a very good record with telling contributions from especially Danny Thompson, Andy Cutting and Jon Boden. Hihly recommended
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for similar items by category