Sam Lee, folk singer, promoter and animateur is the kind of man who wants to take folk in a new direction. Originally an artist and part time burlesque dancer, he first encountered folk six years ago and grew enamoured, then obsessed, with the traditonal music form. But Sam didn't just want to reproduce folk, he had an artist's appreciation to move it forward. To do this, he enlisted the help of the most important folk standards to reimagine folk in a new, modern image. The Mercury-award nominee uses unconventional and innovation arrangements to reassess the meaning of the old folk ditties and arrives at something just out of reach, some fresh ground between old stories and new experiences. Sam possesses the heart and voice of a folk storyteller but carves out an unsettling familiar sound during renditions of 'The Ballad Of George Collins' and 'Over Yonder Hills'.
This year will see the re-release of Sam's album 'Ground Of It's Own' and he'll be stopping by The Greystone as part of an intimate UK tour. You can see Lee's rendition of 'The Ballad Of George Collins' below:
The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield S11 7BS