Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. A highly inventive and original singer, folk-song interpreter, passionate conservationist, song collector and successful creator of live events. Alongside his organisation, The Nest Collective, Sam has shaken up the music scene, breaking boundaries between folk and contemporary music and the assumed places and ways folksong is appreciated. Sam has helped develop its ecosystem, inviting in a new listenership interrogating what the messages in these old songs hold for us today.
With his latest critically acclaimed album, Old Wow, Sam has summonsed up a truly compelling and emotional record that takes his work to yet another level. Likewise in 2021, Sam releases his debut novel The Nightingale, notes on a songbird, telling the epic tale of this highly endangered bird and its place in culture folklore, folksong, music and literature throughout the millennia.
Promoted by Manchester Folk Festival