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Sam Lee & Friends
Sam Lee, Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, promoter and animateur will release his debut album Ground Of Its Own in June 2012. Having abandoned his work as a trained visual artist, teacher of wilderness survival and moonlighting as a burlesque dancer and embarking on a journey into the old songs of The British Isles, Sam is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong. He was given the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, which for the first time, honoured folk music amongst the art forms. Likewise his live band, Sam Lee and Friends, carve a new acoustic with their homemade and mongrelised instrumentation using unconventional and contemporary arrangements that challenging preconceptions of what ʻtraditional folkʼ should sound like.
‘Sam is the most accomplished and authentic interpreters of traditional English song to emerge in years… He brought the house down’
‘It was while hearing musician Sam Lee perform that I decided we should celebrate folk, not only as a musical movement but as a lifestyle’
ALEXANDRA SHULMAN, VOGUE EDITOR UK
‘One of the most promising folk singers to emerge from the London scene this decade’