An Unforgettable Night of Music from A Class Act  at The Atkinson

An Unforgettable Night of Music from A Class Act at The Atkinson

This October The Atkinson is delighted to welcome a duo of musicians that are truly the best in their field.

One of the greatest guitarists these shores have ever produced (Martin Simpson), performs on a stage alongside the preeminent protector of the USA’s banjo tradition (Dom Flemons), and the result is nothing short of heaven!

English musician Martin Simpson is one of the finest acoustic finger-style and slide guitar players in the world) and American guitar and banjo player Dom Flemons (from the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops) perform brand new collaborative material rooted in English and American folk traditions.

The result of an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) commission, both artists have been researching and exploring how folk songs travelled from England to North America and vice versa, changing shape as they journeyed.


Having delved into archive collections in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House – including Cecil Sharp’s landmark folk music fieldwork notebooks and diaries from his collecting trips in the Appalachian Mountains – this is a night of top class musicianship and shared histories.

Whilst known for being an English folk singer, guitarist and songwriter Martin has been combining British and Afro-American music for many years, he also lived in the US for fifteen years and anyone that has seen him perform live will testify to his fondness of those experiences through the stories he tells.


Dom Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson who won a GRAMMY for their 2011 album Genuine Negro Jig and was nominated for its most recent album, Leaving Eden, in 2012.

He has  plenty of other strings to his bow, as well as playing guitar and banjo, a talent they both share, he also plays harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum and quills…and they both of course sing.

Martin Simpson & Don Flemons are live together on Friday 16 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15  and are available online at or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.

*Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and 50p per ticket charge for over the counter sales.



For more information or for interviews, please call Emma Lloyd 0151 934 2129 /



Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons

Friday 16 October

Tickets: £15



*Please be advised that there is booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone & 50p over the counter.


The Atkinson
Lord Street



In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website or call box office on 01704 533333



About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


The new Museum is now open. Sefton Between Land & Sea tells the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. While Discover Ancient Egypt – the new Egyptology Gallery is the home of the  Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not been seen for over 40 years.



Posted on 2 October 2015 under General news

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