The song collector
An unconventional and contemporary approach to folk music
saw Sam Lee’s debut album nominated for the Mercury Music Prize,
and now he is bringing his unique sound to Sandwich.
Critically-acclaimed singer Lee is performing at St Mary’s Arts
Centre as part of his first solo UK tour.
Since swapping his colourful former careers - which included
visual artist, teacher of wilderness survival and cabaret performer
- for the world of folk, Lee has become one of its leading
Describing himself as a ‘song collector’, he spent time
researching and documenting the music of Romany Gypsies and Irish
travellers and his work formed the basis of his first album Ground
Of Its Own, released last June.
It led to Lee not only vying for the Mercury Music Prize
alongside the likes of Plan B and the Maccabees, but also being
nominated in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards as Singer of the
Year and for Best Traditional Track.
He will be joined by his band to perform tracks from the
album during the show in Sandwich. The evening is sure to be
anything but traditional.
He is performing on Friday, March 1.
Tickets £12, available from www.smugglersrecords.com
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