Sam Carter (UK tour) plays The Atkinson Southport 3 October 2013

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Sam Carter (UK tour) plays The Atkinson Southport 3 October 2013

Thursday 3rd October 2013

SOUTHPORT The Atkinson, Studio, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB

Tel box office 01704 533333  Doors 7pm Show 7.30pm

Tickets £10 adv./£12 door [email protected]                

Sam Carter 2013 UK tour

‘Three years on [from his debut album Keepsakes] the exemplary musicianship is bolder, the vocal arrangements more striking… as penetrating as Richard Thompson’s best work’ 9/10 Uncut

‘A talent developing quickly.’ Mojo

Since winning Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2010, midlands-born singer, guitarist and songwriter Sam Carter has been more in demand than ever. From performances at the Royal Festival Hall for Richard Thompson’s Meltdown to sharing the stage with the great Nic Jones alongside Chris Wood, Martin Simpson and Jon Boden at Sidmouth Folk Week, Sam continues to impress audiences and fellow artists alike.

Armed with a ‘killer voice’ (Nitin Sawhney) and the ability to play his guitar ‘like a harp’ (Time Out), as well as an unerring ability to put his personal experiences into a wider perspective, the east London-based songsmith made his mark with his debut album ‘Keepsakes’ released August 2009.

Sam is a former Emerging Artist In Residence at the Southbank Centre, where he collaborated with a wealth of talented musicians and artists including Nitin Sawhney, Riz MC (actor Riz Ahmed, star of ‘Ill Manors’), Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. During 2010 and 2011 Sam combined his own busy touring schedule and supporting Bellowhead on their UK tour, with participation in the British Council’s ‘Shifting Sands’ project, a cross-cultural collaboration between English and Middle Eastern traditional musicians led by Bellowhead trumpeter Andy Mellon. This exciting international initiative saw the group performing in Kuwait and Bahrain, as well as peformances at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at Celtic Connections 2011.

Shifting Sands in Kuwait and Glasgow.

Most recently Sam toured in support of Seth Lakeman and with Music Beyond Mainstream’s ‘Homage to Sandy Denny’ tour, where he performed to sold-out crowds both as a band member and soloist alongside singers including Joan As Policewoman and PP Arnold, most notably giving stunning duo performances with legendary fiddler Dave Swarbrick. In Summer 2012 Sam performed a live score to newly restored Hitchcock film ‘The Lodger’, the bespoke score written by Nitin Sawhney who conducted the London Symphony Orchestra for a special one-off screening at the Barbican.  That autumn he performed on BBC 2’s Later With Jools Holland.

Sam now returns with highly anticipated follow-up to ‘Keepsakes’ with ‘The No Testament’, an album that sees Sam reinvent his contemporary narrative-based songwriting by infusing it with shapenote, gospel and work song influences. This ambitious album ranges from intimate solo performances through driving a capella chants to full-throttle electric blues and features performances by Neasden Sacred Harp singers and an expanded line-up including Will Pound on harmonica and Sam Sweeny on fiddle.

‘I have a feeling, and I’m not alone, that Sam Carter is going to be huge.’ Irish World

‘The work of a great songwriter in the making’ Guitar & Bass

‘His songs look set to stand the test of time and to be covered by others in turn’ R2 ‘A talent developing quickly.’ Mojo

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