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“Musically, he excels at propulsive, narratively rich folk, delivered in a soaring, clear-as-a-bellsinging voice that makes every word of his evocative, detailed lyrics count.” - Sunday Times
At 27, Sam Brookes is a seasoned veteran of the live music circuit. Not your stereotypical ‘folkbard ‘ his love of singing and performing has been evolving since his days as a chorister, singingfor the Queen at her private Chapel in Great Windsor Park; add to this his training as a gilder anda keen interest in sport and Sam already stands apart from his contemporaries.Brought up in a creative family, his love of music was encouraged from a very early age. Heattributes influences such as Joni Mitchell, Bert Jansch and Davy Graham to his father as well asmore recent influences: ‘Travis’ and ‘The La’s’ to his own musical journey of discovery. Hisupbringing in a sleepy Wiltshire Town couldn't have been more different to the frenetic pace of lifein London, where he has spent the last 4 years of his life. Both have impacted greatly on hiscareer and contributed to his musical style. Sam has become part of the burgeoning folk scenegigging in and around London to an ever-increasing audience of enthusiasts.Sam cites his training as a gilder as a positive influence on his guitar playing as well as hisapproach to song writing. ‘I approach my music with the same ethic I held whilst gilding - workinghard to create something beautiful’ These influences amalgamate in Sam’s songs to createsomething truly unique. He sees himself, first and foremost, as a storyteller who claims JohnSteinbeck as one of his major influences. His songs are, fundamentally, beautifully crafted storiesabout familiar subject matters which captivate the listener. Musically, his immaculate phrasingand beautifully modulated delivery reach easily beneath the skin of his audience; the magicalspace he creates, with the elasticity of his writing, has the echoes and jazz arches of giants likeJohn Martyn and Tim Buckley.His self-titled release produced by Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney)bought him recognition in the form of high profile support slots with Joan Armatrading, RayDavies and Newton Faulkner; this combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a close kinshipwith other musicians such as Lucy Rose, Pete Roe and Emily & The Woods has allowed his liveand recorded sound to evolve in to a more powerful and provocative body of work. Thoughtfullyrics add poetry to his tracks, something that sets his work apart in an increasingly saturatedarea of music.Ready to write again, and with a musical and creative fire burning inside him, last year saw Samset up his own night with some of his aforementioned contemporaries. ‘Because The Night’ is apopular monthly event; it is a stunningly intimate night in the heart of London which serves toreassure fellow travellers that music made with acoustic guitars, mandolins and accordions canonce again be relevant. With ten new tracks, ready to go, Sam will self-release his second album‘Kairos’ in the Spring of 2014 via Pledge Music. The release will be associated with a full touringschedule of his own shows plus UK tour support for Newton Faulkner, following twenty UniversityCoffee House Sessions, curated by Huw Stephens.
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