Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (plus The Drystones)

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-raised and Bristol-based singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist

6th Mar
8pm | £10.75 / £14 (inc. bf)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years. As a child, Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing songs, and play tunes on his melodeon. This awe and passion for Celtic music, coupled with a love for the heavy riffs of classic rock and blues, and a voice described by Mike Harding as ‘one of my favourite voices ever’ has led Sam on to produce some of the most exciting music on the British folk scene in recent years. With folk luminaries such as Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, and Cara Dillon waxing lyrical about Sam’s live set, it seemed fitting when he was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

“Really fabulous stuff.”
Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2

The Drystones (Alex Garden and Ford Collier) are two fine and talented emerging folk musicians. Somerset based they started out arranging lively jigs played on guitar, fiddle and whistle and then emerged on the scene with storming sets at Priddy Folk Festival and continuing on to perform at such festivals as Sidmouth Folk Week, Bath International Music Festival, Warwick Folk Festival, Bromyard Folk Festival, The Village Pump Festival, and Purbeck Folk Festival to name a few. 2017 has seen their third album “We Happy Few” released to great acclaim. It was produced by Will Lang (known for his collaborations, Nitin Sawhney, PBS6, Halsway Manor) and this time was recorded by Julian Batten at the Loft Music studios in Newcastle. Whilst touring the UK extensively they have supported Ray Davis, Steeleye Span, and The Elephant Sessions, Seth Lakeman at Sidmouth and Martin and Eliza Carthy at Cecil Sharp House.

“The Drystones technical prowess and stylistic awareness speak for themselves.”
Tom Newell ,Songlines 2017

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