Magna Carta has a formidable list of achievements
1 DVD and 29 albums recorded(Including the timeless classics 'Seasons' and 'Lord of the Ages')8,000,000 sales worldwide, six gold albums and six silver.60 countries toured from the Albert Hall to Katmandu and beyond29 tours for the British Council culturally representing Britain worldwide.
At its best the Magna Carta sound was made up of two guitars and two vocals. In recent years it has reverted to this original and successful formula with Chris and Linda Simpson. From their unique vocals and guitar style, they have developed a sound that cannot be compared to anyone in the world.
An evening with Magna Carta is an experience not to be missed; they blendhumour and stories of their experiences with a wide variety of musical styles and influences that is somehow woven into their unique sound. They also have the ability to move an audience from laughter to tears and through every emotion in between.
'Almost every aspect or influence that has been felt by folk music during thelast thirty years has been reflected by Magna Carta and that is one stupendous achievement'
Colin Irwin, Melody Maker
You will notice that there are three people in the photograph; the third is ayoung Dutch fiddle and mandolin player called Matt Barnhoorn who now guests on Magna Carta concerts. Chris and Linda met Matt when they were sharing the concert bill with veteran UK folk rockers, Fairport Convention. Matt was playing a fiddle part with Rick Sanders and Chris Lesleyin the Fairport's set. Chris invited him along to the next Magna concert, now he is a permanent fixture.There will be several new releases in 2007, the band is working on a studio album of completely new Simpson material. and there are also several retro releases planned.
'Chris Simpson – the English Paul Simon'
Fred Dellar, MOJO
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