Mercury Prize nominated Folk singer, song collector, promoter (of BBC award winning Nest Collective) radio host, TV personality, teacher and animateur, in June 2015 released his debut album “Ground Of Its Own’ comprised of songs learned 1st hand from the Gypsy Traveler community. The recording is a new musical manifesto, reflecting Sam’s unique artistic journey. Winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, he is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of folksong today. Likewise his band ‘Sam Lee & Friends’ perform unconventional and contemporary interpretations challenging all preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like.
First Set: ‘Always’ Keith’s widely acclaimed new Album
Keith’s first original Album for 10 years, performed in its entirety.
After more than a decade of dedicated study and more than 1500 acclaimed concerts performing the work of much admired Songwriters and Poets, Keith is releasing what can only be described as an amazing landmark original Album entitled ‘Always’. These 10 original songs (apart from Hiring Fair by Ralph McTell ), meticulously written and arranged, have come together slowly over the past 10 years or so and have matured with a strong sense of both personal and collective awareness, a tone that has been caught through older eyes; surreal, sub-textural, daring and provocative, showing anger and disturbance, humour, resolve, vision and sometimes compelling sadness.
‘A bold, fresh and imaginative album containing tender, thoughtful and observant songs’ Anthony Weightman, AAA music
‘Master of musical phrasing. A superb songwriter with faultless delivery’ Frank Hennessy BBC Radio Wales.
Second Set: ‘Solid Air’ The Songs of John Martyn from 1970-76
John Martyn OBE, simply the most unforgetable and deliciously evocative songwriter and guitarist this country was ever blessed with. A wild card and a maverick, more of a soul singer with an acoustic guitar. His music is entirely emotionally driven and often incomparably beautiful and tender – somehow opposite to the man himself, excessive and ill behaved.
This very personal and studied concert visits his most rich and potent songs, those that have found themselves in the most loved and preserved corner of our collective consciences.