Please note this event takes place at RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, M13 9RD
Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. A highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, passionate conservationist, song collector and successful creator of live events. Alongside his organisation, The Nest Collective, Sam has shaken up the music scene breaking boundaries between folk and contemporary music and the assumed places and ways folksong is appreciated.
Sam’s helped develop its ecosystem inviting in a new listenership interrogating what the messages in these old songs hold for us today. With his latest critically acclaimed album, Old Wow, he’s summonsed up a truly compelling and emotional album that takes his work to yet another level. Likewise in 2021, Sam releases his debut novel ‘The Nightingale, notes on a songbird‘ telling the epic tale of this highly endangered bird and their place in culture folklore, folksong, music and literature throughout the millennia.
Celebrated cellist Sarah Smout hails from Yorkshire, and has toured internationally with acts including Michael Chapman, Bridget St. John, The Mediaeval Baebes, Rachel Ries, King Creosote, Rosie Doonan, Jess Morgan, and Gren Bartley. Her session work has also appeared on dozens of critically acclaimed albums in the folk, acoustic, and singer-songwriter scenes.
As a singer and poet in her own right, it was only a matter of time before she began a solo career.
Her songs are original, beautifully crafted and touching, spinning poetry driven lyrics inspired by landscape and sea, and exploring themes like home, land, love and climate change.
Her song ‘Arctic Ground’ was used by Greenpeace for a Save the Arctic campaign video, which depicts the tremendous efforts of protestors and native tribes against oil drilling.
In 2019 Sarah appeared at Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Glastonbury, Green Man, Shambala, Larmer Tree, Costa del Folk and many more.
This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – an urban folk festival. It takes place from 21-23 October 2021, in and around HOME and the city centre. Over the autumn weekend, they present an exhilarating range of events, with the spotlight on contemporary and traditional English folk music.