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Sam Lee


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Sam Lee is a folk-singer, song-collector, promoter, radio host, TV personality, teacher and owner of a restless mind luckily powered with generous supplies of optimistic energy.

He’s a natural singer but the practice was new to him until his first encounter with folk-song some six years ago, an epiphany that compelled him to abandon his work as a visual artist, teacher of wilderness survival and part-time burlesque dancer and go in search of the last custodians of the living traditions, the Gypsy Traveller community.

He spent a four-year apprenticeship under the legendary, late Scottish Traveller Stanley Robertson - last of the great ballad singers - becoming the musical ‘next of kin’ to Stanley’s vast repertoire of songs which, with his band, he interprets using unconventional instrumentation and arrangements, challenging preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like.


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  • DaveDuke


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  • wookiee22

    Tim Van Eyken? I'd say it's more like Woodkid!

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ijkidd

    Enjoying this now, appreciate him more since the Mercury Prize performance, voice reminds me of Tim Van Eyken.

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Nochek

    the great.

    5 Oct 2012 Reply
  • DukeofMonmouth

    can last fm sort out this page! he is certainly not a chinese man!

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • isaacashe

    The Mercury Prize always throws a curve ball at you - and thank god they've done it again. Wonderful stuff.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • riazor

    a Mercury Prize nominee with only 2000 listeners, interesting

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Mullington

    Goodbye My Darling....tune!

    5 Jul 2012 Reply

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