Sam Lee, Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, promoter and animateur released his debut album “Ground Of Its Own' in June 2012. The recording is a musical manifesto, reflecting the artistic journey Sam has taken so far and the less than conventional route getting there.
A naturally gifted voice, singing was new to him until his first encounter with folk song some 6 years ago. This discovery of a new world compelled him to abandon his work as a trained visual artist, teacher of wilderness survival and moonlighting as a burlesque dancer and embark on a journey into the old songs of The British Isles.
Sam is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong. He was given the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, which for the first time, honoured folk music amongst the art forms. Likewise his live band, Sam Lee and Friends, carve a new acoustic with their homemade and mongrelised instrumentation using unconventional and contemporary arrangements that challenging preconceptions of what 'traditional folk' should sound like.
"Each song has its own sound world, and Lee makes us listen to our own music as if it’s something new. That’s some achievement."
". . .this exquisite album is the brightest start to an even brighter career for Sam Lee."