GCT presents



Thursday 7 October, 2021. Doors 7.30pm

Rescheduled from original date of 14 May 2020

Tickets for the original date are valid for this performance.

£23 Plus booking fee when booked online.


The seating at this show will not be socially distanced. We’ve tried to keep some form of social distancing in place at GCT since last year but as this show was well sold prior to March 2020, we are unable to promise this at this event. Seating will be on our seating rake with rows of seats in front of the stage. Seating is unreserved, so we encourage you to fill up seating from the end of each row when entering the auditorium.

  • We will, however, have the following mitigating factors in place to ensuring the most comfortable experience possible:

  • We require you to wear a face covering when moving around the venue; 

  • While we won’t be asking you to wear a face covering when seated, if you feel more comfortable doing so, please do;

  • Please sanitise your hands upon entry to the building and throughout the evening using our hand sanitising stations;

  • We will be operating a one way system in and out of the Theatre;

  • Our staff will be wearing face coverings at all times and will be tested prior to the event;

  • If you are feeling unwell at all, please do not attend the event;

  • If comfortable doing so, we recommend ticket holders take a lateral flow test within 48 hours of the event for peace of mind before attending;

  • Pre ordering of interval drinks will be available to avoid queuing at the bar.

Timings on the night will likely be as follows (although stage times may be subject to change):
Doors open: 7.30pm
Artists on Stage: 8pm
Curfew: 10pm
Set Lengths: 2 x 45 mins with interval.

Award winning Jazz guitarist MARTIN TAYLOR teams up with acoustic and slide guitar virtuoso MARTIN SIMPSON. The pair shares the stage throughout the performance – adding to each other’s songs and instrumental pieces, taking them to sublime new heights.


Martin Taylor was name-checked on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show as being considered THE best guitarist by no less than Jeff Beck – leading to a live session on the show the next morning.Completely self taught, he has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across four decades and during that time has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion and humour, with a strong stage presence. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Bryn Terfeland, and Jamie Cullum. In 2002, he was appointed MBE “For Services To Jazz Music”, in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which he received personally from Her Majesty The Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.


There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin Simpson 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. Martin has been nominated an astounding 23 times in the eleven years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.


This is an unmissable evening with two guitar playing legends working in harmony.


"Martin Simpson’s performances elicit powerful emotions and subtle, understated beauty”

Guitar Player


“Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. He’s unbelievable"

Pat Metheny.

martintaylor.com | martinsimpson.com