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Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson

Bugsy 10 Jun 14 - 11:56 PM
GUEST 11 Jun 14 - 12:26 AM
cptsnapper 11 Jun 14 - 12:31 AM
Bugsy 11 Jun 14 - 12:54 AM
Big Al Whittle 11 Jun 14 - 01:22 AM
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Subject: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Bugsy
Date: 10 Jun 14 - 11:56 PM

What a quandry!
I'm heading off to UK from Australia for the first and probably the last time since 1994. Whilst I'm there I've got a chance to see my two music idols, Wizz Jones and Martin Simpson. Trouble is, Wizz is playing in Lincoln on Sat 27th September, and Martin is playing in Hitchin, Hertfordshire on Sunday 28th September. And I'll be in Bungay, Suffolk! What makes it worse is that I'll be staying in Stevenage in Hertfordshire (5 miles from Hitchin) up until 8 days before Martin's gig and I can't change my itinerary.

Decisions, decisions!

It's enough to give you a migrane.

CHeers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 12:26 AM

Contact them.

For a fan such as you...they will change their venue.

They did it for me .... they will do it for you.

£££ how much would you like to donate???


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: cptsnapper
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 12:31 AM

Wizz would be my favourite.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Bugsy
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 12:54 AM

Wouldn't that be nice GUEST. Maybe they could do an evening together for me and a few selected 'Catters?

It would definitely be easier to get to Wizz's gig than to Martin's Cpt'

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 01:22 AM

well from a purely practical point of view. Wizz is a lot older than Martin - so the chances are you will get more chances to seeMartin in the future sometime.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 02:00 AM

Good point Al.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 02:44 AM

Change venues? Are you daft?


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,Bugsy
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 03:20 AM

Tongue in cheek GUEST, Tongue in cheek.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 04:13 AM

Personally, I prefer Wizz Jones' guitar playing to Martin Simpson's. I mean, Martin is undoubtedly a technical master, probably a "better" player in terms of ability to zoom around the instrument sounding like he's got three pairs of hands. But I find Wizz a much more listenable musician. There's something very warm and genial about a Wizz Jones gig.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Nick
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 07:17 AM

I can't see the problem.

If you have a choice it suggests that you could go to either.

That means that potentially you can be free on the Saturday or the Sunday - otherwise there would be no dilemma.

If you are potentially free on Saturday and potentially free on Sunday I can't see where the problem is - just go to both.

According to google the Sunday trip takes 1hr 57mins to get to. Including the gig that's c7 hours out of your trip. I can't see that you have a real problem.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: The Sandman
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 07:47 AM

I would suggest wizz jones because he is older.
alternatively you could be like the dice man, and make decisions by throwing a dice.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 01:53 PM

Well, Martin is a far finer guitar player. Unique in many ways (that can't be said for Wizz!).
Also, Martin has turned in to a very interesting songwriter.
Which ever way you look at it, Martin is the more interesting performer.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,Gibsonboy
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 03:11 PM

Martin Simpson if you like lots of open tunings. Wizz Jones if you prefer standard.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 05:00 PM

I'd recommend Wizz Jones. Martin Simpson impresses with technical wizardry, but how often can you say "wow, that's clever" before it becomes a bit samey. Also his approach has become rather American for my taste.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Chris_S
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 05:18 PM

Tough call, as Nick said, you really need to do both. Martin Simpson has developed into a really great singer (in my opinion) and his song choice is wide ranging and exciting. Then there is the guitar playing which is exceptional and a real bonus. I haven't seen Whiz live for many years but I remember a very honest and engaging performer, more conventional than Simpson, but sometimes less is more and right for the songs. If it was really down to just one I guess I just go with Whiz because he is a rarer catch and Martin tours widely.

Chris


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Chris_S
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 05:26 PM

Oops sorry, Whiz should of course be Wizz. It's been a long time!


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,Guest Betsy
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 05:48 PM


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,guest Betsy
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 05:52 PM

Hire a car - we're not talking Aussie distances here and basically I don't like making comparisons ( like the X factor or somesuch) between two of the very finest performers in their field.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 07:08 PM

From a purely across the pond perspective I'd go for Wizz Jones. And that is based solely on his singing Mountain Rain.

                                 
Don.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Bugsy
Date: 11 Jun 14 - 07:50 PM

I'd truly love to see them both (who wouldn't) and if not for time restraints, finances, other commitments and other people (Mrs Bugsy included) to consider, I would.
Though the original post was more, me sharing a quandry rather than asking advise, It's great to hear your feedback.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 12 Jun 14 - 10:41 AM

sorted out for Wizz and E......?


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Nick
Date: 12 Jun 14 - 11:35 AM

I've seen Wizz Jones live twice - once in the 1970s and once a few years ago so would go for Martin Simpson.

Both good but very different.

Martin Simpson is a more technically accomplished guitarist from what I have heard.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 12 Jun 14 - 07:06 PM

Both people are friends, and great influences of mine, ( though Martin once said Pete Stanley and I influenced him) Go and see both of these guys, You cannot go wrong in either direction!!!!
Best wishes,
Roger


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,tony Rath aka Tonyteach
Date: 12 Jun 14 - 07:38 PM

Wizz Jones - Martin is very good but younger and thus will be around longer.

Wizz Jones came to our local folk club in Walthamstow and was very good and comes across as a really nice bloke

Heresy heresy I find the emphasis on open tunings very boring to be honest


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jun 14 - 05:41 AM

Yes, I think it will be Wizz. Maybe one day Martin will play in Perth when he comes to Australia. We can but hope.

I'll have to contact Lincoln soon and see if I can reserve a couple of tickets.

CHeers all and thanks for chatting.

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Norman Wheatley
Date: 14 Jun 14 - 06:00 AM

Come to Wizz at Warwick Folk Club on September 22nd instead...!
Check out details on www.warwickfolkclub.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Johnny J
Date: 14 Jun 14 - 06:32 AM

On a good night, Wizz is probably the more entertaining and seems to have more variety in his set. However, Martin is arguably the better technician.

That's just my own opinion, of course, and both artists are astoundingly good.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,tunesmith
Date: 14 Jun 14 - 06:54 AM

How can anyone say that Wizz is more varied?
Martin is one of the great slide players, a fantastic player of Celtic/British stuff, plays blues like no one else.
And, what about his banjo playing?
On any - and all levels, Martin is a far greater - and varied player/musician than Wizz!


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Johnny J
Date: 14 Jun 14 - 12:50 PM

He can do all these things but, in my experience, he doesn't always. I've seen oth of them countless times.

I always enjoy hearing both of them.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,Bugsy(who keeps eating my cookie?)
Date: 15 Jun 14 - 05:34 AM

I'd just like to say that I'm not into who's "Best". They're both great in my opinion.

I've never seen Martin Simpson live and haven't seen Wizz since the mid 60's.

Whichever one I finally get to see will be a "time to remember" as they are two of my favourite artists.

we are lucky to have them both.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Bugsy
Date: 18 Sep 14 - 12:55 PM

Wizz it is!

I've phoned up and ordered the tickets. Looking forward to a good night of music in Lincoln on Saturday 27th.


`CHeers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 08:25 AM

Both are good if you don't mint the constant tuning and re tuning


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 19 Sep 14 - 05:57 PM

I seem to have seen them both hundreds of times. it seems really odd to me someone on mudcat saying they haven't seen them since the 60's.

is it me, am i one on my own totally obsessed?


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,Marianne S.
Date: 20 Sep 14 - 02:36 PM

He lives in Australia. Read the thread!


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 20 Sep 14 - 11:12 PM

You read the thread!
he's not the only one saying stuff like that....


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 20 Sep 14 - 11:22 PM

I'll probably see you at Wizz's Lincoln gig Bugsy.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 21 Sep 14 - 07:03 PM

oh god! lincoln! lincolnshire! a wizz jones gig...

homesick...

the bacon rolls in Newark waitrose....


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 22 Sep 14 - 03:47 AM

Saw Wizz with John Renbourn in Edinburgh during this last Festival Fringe: a really warm feel-good night, and of course, some wonderful playing and songs. Wizz is on again at Edinburgh Folk Club, this coming Weds, 24th, 8pm at The Pleasance Cabaret bar - a whole evening instead if the Fringe 55minutes! Mebbe too far for Bugsy...!


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 22 Sep 14 - 07:02 AM

and unbelievably some people reckon its not folk music!


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 22 Sep 14 - 08:11 AM

"Homesick..."

I'd better not mention the Haslet then, Al! :-)


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,vectis
Date: 23 Sep 14 - 07:45 AM

or the black pudding


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Sep 14 - 08:07 AM

Or the pigs cheeks


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Bugsy
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 03:36 AM

Hope to see you there Backwoodsman, I'll be the one with the beard and glasses!

CHeers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 25 Sep 14 - 04:24 PM

That'll be most of us then! :-)


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Bugsy
Date: 28 Sep 14 - 12:49 PM

Well, I think Wizz is one of folk music's best kept secrets.

What a fabulous night we had in Lincoln! Wizz was in fine form, we met up with Backwoodsman, and all in all, had a wonderful night! my thanks to the organisers and I hope I can come back and play there one day.

CHeers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 28 Sep 14 - 01:15 PM

I always find it odd when people talk about going to "see" a particular musician! Surely, the primary sense involved is, by defintion, hearing?


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 28 Sep 14 - 02:47 PM

not really - with a great musician like Wizz - there is a sort of grace, an aura - which is rather beautiful. once you become aware of it, you want to be in his presence whenever possible.


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Subject: RE: Who to see? Wizz Jones or Martin Simpson
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 28 Sep 14 - 02:57 PM

It was indeed a great gig - the old trouper did us proud, nice songs, great playing, and gentle humour. Excellent!


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