Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, song collector, award winning promoter, broadcaster, animateur and naturalist
As an artist Sam traverses many worlds, challenging and pioneering folk music in as diverse places and ways. Not just an award-winning singer with two highly decorated albums to his name and a sound incomparable to his contemporaries'; his work fostering live music in the UK has been instrumental in the explosion of folk in the last decade. Sam reinvents not just the way these ancient songs should sound but how they can be sourced, exist and thrive, from conscientiously gathering them in Gypsy Traveler camps to singing them for the Hollywood big screen.
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As springtime spreads across England, come to the woods and hear the courting song of nightingales beamed live as darkness falls.
The adventurous British folk singer and song collector Sam Lee is joined by a host of his musical friends in a concert of folk songs old and new. As darkness falls more deeply, the concert culminates in duets sung with the nightingales themselves, as they start their courtship song in faraway starlit forests. A unique, candlelit concert, never to be forgotten. This performance lasts around 2.5 hours.
Sam Lee: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Sam performs 'Over Yonders Hill', 'Lovely Molly' and 'Goodbye My Darling' with John Whitten, Flora Curzon and Josh Green for NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts series
Sam Lee & Friends – Lovely Molly (Folk Awards 2016)
Sam is joined by forty members of London's Roundhouse Choir perform 'Lovely Molly' a capella at the Folk Awards 2016 in London's Royal Albert Hall
The Fade In Time2015
Sam's Songlines Awards 2016 Winning 2nd album takes a 21st Century view on Folk traditions from the UK and around the world, re-imagining the British folk tradition through the eyes of the wider world. The music takes a path from Gypsy Traveller songs, through Japanese court music to wedding marches from Tajikistan - a truly global journey, with English folk song at its heart.