Sam Reider kicks off 2019 Folk Nights at Ropery Hall

Composer, accordinist, pianist and singer, Sam Reider is setting of Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall monthly folk nights in fine style when he appears at the Mattkiln Road venue at the end of this month.

San Francisco born Sam will be playing alongside The Human Hands, a band of young, virtuoso acoustic musicians based in New York City who have developed a reputation for mind-bending, high-energy sets.

“Sam  is redefining American music on the accordion and has  been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR performing alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull to Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

His debut album, Too Hot To Sleep, saw Sam and the The Human Hands play irresistible melodies, fiery improvisations and otherworldly sounds

Sam began performing at an early age and at university fell in love with American folk music, studying bluegrass and old-time music, and transcribing the fiddle melodies for the accordion.

Since then he has played back porches and dive bars,  concert halls and major festivals in practically every state in the States and has travelled to China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Turkey and Azerbaijan, carrying his accordion on his back and collaborating at every opportunity with international artists.

Sam’s gig begins at 8pm on Saturday, January 26, and tickets cost £14 in advance or £16 on the door.  Advance tickets can be bought online at in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01762 660380.

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When Jack Gleadow was born, Whigfield’s Saturday Night was number 1 in the charts – but what does Saturday Night mean to Jack? This show is a love letter to the entertainers of the past and comedy’s traditional beginnings with Saturday night TV that had something for everyone. It details his unique story of growing up and falling in love with performing.

As a child he took an early interest in magic and originally became a magician travelling the world before eventually being kicked out and banned from the magic circle at the tender age of 14! After a brief stint working at Primark, Jack fell back in love with comedy from the old school era and especially comedians who had catchphrases and were stalwarts on Saturday night telly! His dream was to become the new Bruce Forsyth!  Watch him as he takes you on a journey of laughter through stand-up, magic, music, dance and audience participation. Jack is a comedy one-man-band. A jack of all trades and master of fun!

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