Sam Lee is an amazing London singer-songwriter. His musical style, inventive folk, can not be locked into any boxes. Wild Highlands up funds for pubs in Ulster, this tireless troubadour collected sounds and knowledge has fed sharing moments with nomadic communities, Gypsy or Irish or the last 4 years with the last great Scottish bard-traveler, Stanley Robertson.
As elusive as a virtuoso, its folk songs are an incredibly fertile land, open to all winds, from which flows a warm baritone voice, sparkling, twirling on an unusual repertoire. It definitely builds a bridge between past and future, between different worlds that break down the borders. What happiness to upset the world of our time! Author of two discs acclaimed by critics and acclaimed by the public, he presents his repertoire with the official group.
Each summer, around 700,000 people from all over the world invade the Celtic land of Lorient for the Festival Interceltique. From Galicia to Scotland, the cream of Celtic music can be found here, to be enjoyed in a really convivial atmosphere.
One of the most influential groups to have come out of Scotland, The Incredible String Band entranced and inspired listeners in the late 1960s and early 1970s with their pioneering psychedelia, witty lyrics and soaring melodies.
For this very special concert, paying homage to the group, former Incredible String Band manager and producer Joe Boyd invites guests, including Sam Lee, to perform songs alongside collaborators from the group’s original recordings, including founder member Mike Heron and legendary bassist Danny Thompson.
The group’s visionary, dream-like songs injected homespun British folk with whimsy and surrealism, inspiring a huge following of devoted fans including John Peel, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Duo Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, joined by special guest collaborators, gave sold-out shows worldwide, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to New York’s Lincoln Center, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to San Francisco’s Fillmore, before the original band finally split in 1974.
"Some of the songs wouldn’t seem out of place on a Nick Cave album" (Buzzmag)
Sam Lee is one of the key figures in the thriving contemporary English folk scene, but he’s not your average folk singer. He studied at Chelsea School of Art, worked as a forager and wilderness expert, and moonlighted as a burlesque dancer, before becoming a prolific song collector. He is the driving force behind the award-winning BBC folk club, the Nest Collective, and his 2012 debut album was nominated for a Mercury Prize.
Many of the songs he sings have been collected first hand from the Gypsy Traveller community, and brought back to life with inventive arrangements for the 21st Century. His repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, with its tales of love, parting, exile and murder.
"Here at last is somebody doing really creative things with traditional English folk song” Radio 3
The Open House Festival presents handpicked music & arts in special places.
Chiddingly Festival is a remarkable phenomenon, it is a feast of the arts, run entirely by volunteers, yet attracting big name and quirky acts in a wide range of genres.
Music, dance, beer, sculpture, comedy, graphic arts, theatre, story-telling and poetry for all ages all feature regularly.
The tiny rural village of Chiddingly is in East Sussex, between Lewes and Hailsham, North of Eastbourne. Like many small rural villages, life revolves around the Church, the Village Hall and the pub.
This is a quite amazing festival for such a small village, the festival is an event that makes Chiddingly unique.
As an artist Sam traverses many worlds, challenging and pioneering folk music in 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 of 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.