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Sun 10th Mar at 7:30pm
@ Bristol Folk House, Bristol
Also appearing: Will Newsome, Thomas McCarthy
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Sam Lee + Will Newsome + Thomas McCarthy
Sam Lee is a folk singer, promoter and animateur. A naturally gifted voice, Sam is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong. With his live band, Sam Lee and Friends, he carves a new acoustic with homemade and mongrelised instrumentation using unconventional and contemporary arrangements that challenging preconceptions of what 'traditional folk' should sound like. He is a former Mercury Prize nominatee, song collector, promoter (of BBC award winning Nest Collective) radio host, TV personality, teacher and animateur.
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Thomas McCarthy's 'discovery' a couple of years ago made something of a splash in English traditional song circles. As with most other newcomers to the scene, he was heard mostly in 'floor spots' at clubs and festivals, and so singing only a few songs.
Recent tour with star of the new Folk scene and Mercury nominated Sam Lee brought Thomas to a wider audience.
Tommy's cd 'Round Top Wagon' was produced by Irish music legend Ron Kavana.
Not too many English readers will have heard much Irish Traveller singing, Nor are they likely to have heard many of these songs before - Irish Travellers are, if anything, even more insular than English Gypsies, and also have a strong song-writing tradition.
Thomas says "Some people will tell you that style of singing isn't meant for our ears," he adds, suggesting that such oral ornamentation was originally developed by singers at the court of the kings of old Ireland.
And : "I'm going to record for the Irish traditional music archives, songs that they wouldn't have. It's important, I think, me being the last one of my family. Even if Travelling people don't sing our songs, they'll be there for other people and they won't be forgot. People will still sing them."
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Venue: Bristol Folk House
40a Park Street
BS1 5JG 51.454311, -2.602019
Bookings: 0117 926 2987
→ Clifton Down 16 min walk