Magna Carta was founded in April, 1969, and is one of the longest running bands in the world today.
The band has seen a number of personnel changes, but the common factor has always been Chris Simpson. Song writer, poet, accoustic guitar player and vocalist, he has been largely responsible for the band's unique sound, and has had uncanny success in gathering high quality musicians around him. He founded the band with Lyell Tranter, guitarist, and Glen Stuart, vocalist extraordinaire, and their first professional gig was at the Cambridge Folk Festival. A year later the band cut the first of their 30 odd albums, six of which have gone Gold, and three Silver.
Now, in the 800th year of Magna Carta, the document, Simpson looks back down almost half a century of world travelling. He has journeyed across the hemispheres, through diverse destinations from Kathmandu to the Rain Forest, performed at the Albert Hall, London and venues of all descriptions across the world.
With over 8 million albums sold world-wide and nearly 90 countries visited or toured, Canterbury is proud to have Chris and his band return. ‘Airport Song’,‘Highway to Spain’ and ‘Sting of the Gin’ (thanks to Bob Harris) were all hit records. His ‘Seasons’ and ‘Lord of the Ages’ became iconic gold albums. The latter remains in the Dutch annual ‘Best 2000 Albums of all Time’ chart. It has been there since 1973.