MARTIN Simpson - winner of best album at the 2008 BBC folk awards - is back at Huntingdon Hall.

The Scunthorpe-born guitarist, who dropped out of college to become a full-time musician, picked up the award for his record Prodigal Son.

He also won best original song with Never Any Good and was nominated for Musician of the Year.

Simpson could play guitar at 12 and at 14 gave his first paid performance. In 1975, a meeting with Bill Leader resulted in his debut solo album, Golden Vanity, and within the year he was supporting Steeleye Span.

By 1977 he was working with June Tabor. Their decade-long partnership produced a number of highly influential albums. Continually adding colours to his palette, Simpson is inspired by a vast array of musicians; from Blind Willie Johnson to Bob Dylan. He performs in Worcester on Friday, May 9.

For tickets, priced £14, call the Worcester Live box office on 01905 611427.