BBC Folk Award winner Sam Carter returns to Ropery Hall

Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been in demand ever since.

He has performed at the Royal Festival Hall for Richard Thompson’s Meltdown, supported Bellowhead on a UK tour, performed in the Middle East and UK with the British Council’s Shifting Sands project, played to thousands as part of the all-star line-up for the tour ‘The Lady: A Homage To Sandy Denny’ as well as performing on major venue and festival stages in his own right.

Now Sam, who has previously appeared at Ropery Hall in 2013, returns on Saturday, March 26, as part of the regular programme of folk at the Maltkiln Road venue.

“He has been described as ‘the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation’ by Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists,” said Mick Harding of Mad Dog Folk.

Sam has five releases to date, all self-released under Captain Records – Here In The Ground EP (2008), Keepsakes (2009), The No Testament (2012), Live At The Union Chapel EP (2012) and How The City Sings (2016) that is released by HMV shortly after his appearance at in Barton.

Two years ago Sam teamed with Jim Moray, both BBC Folk Award winners in their own right,  to form False Lights, a band with the stated aim of updating the template of folk rock and making a joyful racket. Their 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated album Salvor, released in 2015, was praised from all corners – proving that people really were ready for traditional English songs played in a style that owed as much to Radiohead as it did to Fairport Convention.

Tickets to see Sam’s show, which begins at 8pm, cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door.  They can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

 

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