Saw Martin Simpson recently, probably less than 100 in the gig. Brilliant guitar playing. A great guy, chatted to people afterwards. Shame there were not more people there. Did you ctach him on BBC4 from the Cambridge Folk Festival the other week. He had his band with him there, when I saw him he was playing solo.
I've seen him solo a few times. I saw him playing with Martin Taylor at the Sage in Gateshead last saturday. It was a great gig, and the place seemed to be pretty much full. He's still pretty much unknown outside of the folk and acoustic guitar communities, but I don't think that bothers him too much.
Problem is, with all religious texts, that sections can be taken literally to fulfil the readers own beliefs. Which is why we religous fundementalists of all persuasions believing it is their god given duty to kill or assimilate those of other beliefs.
That can be true of lots of texts, not just religious ones. Lots of people read Darwin and concluded that they should give evolution a helping hand by wiping out those parts of humanity that they didn't want to see reproducing.
That's why responsible interpretation is important. If you spend serious time looking into culture and context, then the more extreme misreadings become far less likely.