Madi in 2017
2017 sees Madi performing solo, duo, trio and quartet lineups.
Depending on the occasion, the solo performances can comprise of a mix of classical, Spanish and baroque music, as well as solo versions of the gypsy, jazz, folk and blues played in the various lineups Madi uses. Tracks include well known and loved standards and original compositions. Influenced by guitarists such as Django Reinhardt, John Williams, Segovia, Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, Richard Smith, Joe Pass and Leo Kottke, and great songwriters like John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Cole Porter, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits and Van Morrison, Madi draws from a rich pool of traditional standards and original composition.
For some smaller pub gigs Madi will be playing as a duo, with double bass players Simon Smith, Marc Miletitch or Andy Wood. The duo set is a little more folky, ragtime and country picking, interspersed with gypsy and jazz favorites, original tracks and popular songs.
2017 sees The Madi Stimpson Trio continuing with Vo Fletcher occasionally trading licks with Madi on guitars, Nick Bryan playing rhythm , Simon Smith, Marc Miletitch or Andy Wood on double bass, and Ken Moore switching between rhythm guitar, soprano sax and mouth organ . The Trio again play an eclectic mix but with a definite emphasis on the manouche (gypsy jazz) sound made famous by the great Django Reinhardt. Included in the trio’s set is music from the bebop and jazz masters Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck and Wes Montgomery, bluegrass legends Tony Rice, Doc Watson and Bryan Sutton and a selection of great Irish and British folk tunes.
Madi will also be performing quartet shows with the addition Geoff Walker on tenor and soprano sax.