Sam Lee and Friends
Event 7
Thursday 13th October, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Traditional folk: the new vision

This is an archived event from the 2016 Programme.

Flora Curzon violin, vocals   Josh Green percussion, vocals   Sam Lee vocals, jew’s harp, shruti box   Jon Whitten mongolian dulcimer, piano, ukulele, vocals

We’re delighted to welcome Sam Lee back to the Festival, one of the great folk ballad singers of our age.

“The heart of folk” (Erica Wagner, Times)

“An extremely natural and charismatic performer. His modern, often trancelike arrangements of    traditionals never fail to still a room” (Time Out)

Sam’s voice is wonderfully warm and enveloping. He’s made the lilting Gypsy singing style completely his own while treading a thoroughly modern path. He and his amazingly eclectic musicians fuse a sound unlike any other on today’s folk scene.

“Here at last is somebody doing really creative things with traditional English Folk Song” (Verity Sharp, Radio 3)

Don’t come expecting old English hornpipes and fol-de-rols. As Sam says: “There’s a difference between songs the Gypsies sang and songs you learned at Cecil Sharp House. I decided I’d throw flames on what tradition is left out there. I’m a tree-climber and this music is for me like being up in the branches, knowing you are connected by its roots, deep into the earth”.

“The perfect blend of traditional and modern. Shaped with spirit-awakening vocal performances from Lee himself” (Daily Mirror)

Sam’s springboard was a chance encounter with the great Scottish Traveller singer, Stanley Robertson. Impressed by the richness of the tradition he began an extraordinary four-year apprenticeship to a living world of traditional song.

Nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize, this year Sam won Best Traditional Track at the BBC2 Folk Awards, and his new disc, The Fade in Time, was nominated European Album of the Year by Songlines magazine.