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‘The finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation’ Jon Boden

Since Sam Carter released his debut album Keepsakes in 2009, there has been a mounting excitement about this songwriter, guitarist and singer.

At the time he was an Emerging Artist In Residence at The Southbank Centre in London and has since 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’, performed on major venue and festival stages in his own right and walked away with Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The press were sensing the start of something great too:

‘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

Sam’s second album The No Testament was released in August 2012, an album that saw the singer reinvent his contemporary narrative-based songwriting by infusing it with shapenote, gospel and work song influences. The release caused a wave of media and audience attention for an album that saw Sam reach new heights in his songwriting. As a result he was invited to perform on BBC 2’s ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ in autumn 2012, was filmed for the BBC 4 special ‘The Enigma of Nic Jones’ – aired September 2013. In constant demand for live performances, Sam toured extensively to support the release, touring both solo and with a full band – often featuring Bellowhead fiddler Sam Sweeney – and taking the sound of the album to North America with tours of Canada in autumn 2012 and again in summer 2014.

The collaborative spirit of The No Testament has since inspired several projects: Sam has written and toured with Canadian songstress Catherine MacLellan, and performed in Pakistan with virtuoso South Asian classical musicians Sajid Hussain and Haroon Samuel as part of the British Council’s Folk Nations initiative. Another project culminated in a live TV performance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, where Sam showcased songs co-written with Zimbabwean musician and former refugee Lucky Moyo as part of Refugee Week 2013. The album’s rich accapella harmonies also inspired work with Norwich-based group and long-time Chris Wood collaborators Big Sky Choir, who performed bespoke arrangements of The No Testament’s songs with Sam at The Cut, Norwich Arts Centre, and FolkEast festival 2013.

In August 2014 Sam headlined FolkEast festival as a member of his and Jim Moray’s new contemporary electric folk band False Lights, showcasing material developed in collaboration over the space of a year including songs from the band’s eponymous debut EP.

Sam is an independent artist and has four releases to date, all self-released under Captain Records – Here In The Ground EP (2008), Keepsakes (2009), The No Testament (2012) and Live At The Union Chapel EP (2012) available on CD from HMV, Amazon and other online retailers with the exception of Live At The Union Chapel EP which is exclusively available on CD at Sam’s shows. Downloads of all 4 releases are available from Bandcamp. CDs are also available here.