Sam Lee Announces new album and new tour – All is new

It seems that everything Sam Lee attempts turns out to be just a little bit magical, and both his reinvention of Folk Song and his rededication to the craft of capturing songs from their Traditional singers has worked to prove the truth of that statement.  There are only a few musicians in any generation that really bring both a new musical ear and also a deep appreciation of the source material to bear on English folk, and Sam Lee is one of those few musicians.

Following on from his previous two releases, Sam Lee has announced that the New Year will see the release of his latest recordings in the form of ‘Old Wow‘ (31st January on Cooking Vinyl).  ‘Old Wow‘ was produced by Bernard Butler and features Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser,  the music that makes it up draws on American spirituals, Romany Gypsy songs and traditional English standards, and is, says Lee, “Music that simultaneously looks back into the past and ahead to the future. An urgent cry to help inspire us all to fall back in love with the natural world that we might strengthen our resolve to protect her.

A first single has been released – a reworking of ‘The Seeds of Love’ as a new song ‘The Garden of England’ which links in to Sam Lee’s environmental concerns.  The accompanying video represents, he says, a wish to  “portray myself and others as being part of the landscape; naturally embedded in it. To give a sense of what the Garden of England could look like as a truly integrated garden and wilderness, a re-enchantment of that world. I also wanted to suggest that idea of us as guardians of the natural world, and how songs have been our hymns in that process.

Sam Lee will be on tour through January and February 2020 at the following venues:

31 January 2020     Newcastle     Cluny
01 February 2020   Manchester   Night and Day
03 February 2020   Nottingham  Rescue Rooms
04 February 2020   Leeds City    Varieties
05 February 2020   Birmingham Glee
06 February 2020   Exeter          Phoenix
07 February 2020   Bodmin         St Petroc’s Church
08 February 2020   Lyme Regis   Marine Theatre
10 February 2020   Cambridge    Junction 2
13 February 2020   Brighton       St George’s
15 February 2020   Canterbury   Colyer-Fergusson Hall
16 February 2020   Norwich        Open
17 February 2020   London         EartH
19 February 2020   Bristol          St George’s
21 February 2020   Cardiff          The Gate

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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