“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