‘One of the most gifted acoustic guitarists of his generation’ Mike Harding, Radio 2

‘A sophisticated blender of ancient and modern’ Uncut

The No Testament

‘Throughout, Carter shows a maturity of purpose and achievement, building strong original work from the common tongue. Those who foresaw great promise in him are correct’ Songlines

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

‘Brilliant though [Keepsakes] was, The No Testament is a confident and reassuring step forward’ R2

‘…finely observed songs… well worth checking out’ Guardian

‘Again, Carter holds court, killer script in hand, with a very British album that should be on your list’ Guitar & Bass

‘[Carter] continues to combine present-day lyrical themes and his versatile folk-based approach with skill and ease’ Guitarist

‘Full of energy and substance this is his most complete release to date’ Spiral Earth


‘Keepsakes is a surefire collectible’ Independent

‘One of the most gifted acoustic guitarists of his generation’ Mike Harding, Radio 2

‘A sophisticated blender of ancient and modern’ Uncut

Tunes like Taxi and Captain could well be the work of a great songwriter in the making.’ Guitar & Bass

‘He’s intriguing both because he’s an excellent guitarist and an original, distinctively English singer-songwriter, specialising in well-observed songs – and his debut album lives up to expectations.’ The Guardian

‘There’s a cinematic quality to his writing enhanced by clever arrangements and the album’s melancholic intimacy indicates a talent developing quickly’ Mojo

‘An English acoustic virtuoso… there’s a thread of bittersweet romanticism and cold realism that’s occasionally reminiscent of John Martyn, and like Martyn, his guitar parts may be complex and musically intricate but they serve the songs. Fans of acoustic music rejoice, the UK ‘s proud tradition of folk singer-songwriters is in safe hands.’ Guitarist

Virtuosity is not supposed to be rewarded in English folk music, for the reason that virtuosity is a vanity. But thankfully the virtuosity of Carter’s guitar playing does not obscure the careful narratives of his songs. So let’s briefly reward Carter anyway and then observe how his gravely observed songs and light voice are what we’re really listening to… …there’s real talent budding here.’ **** Independent on Sunday

‘Deftly played and perceptively written, it’s a unassuming but quietly persuasive affair that can only serve to bolster Carter’s profile and reputation as it finds its way on to the folk albums of the year lists.’

‘I have a feeling, and I’m not alone, that Sam Carter is going to be huge. His excellent debut album Keepsakes displays talents of perception and a musical confidence that belies his age – it hardly seems fair that someone so young and with so much time to improve is already so damn good.’ The Irish World

‘Strong personalities rarely shine through when dealing with singer/songwriters. Many anesthetize their songs by trying to satisfy a record company request or anticipate the zeitgeist. Thankfully, Sam has avoided any poisonous pitfalls, and developed his own harmonically rich language that’s unique to him and a gift to us.’ Spiral Earth