SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
SAM CARTER AND NICK HART
St Ambrose Church, Westcliff Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth BH4 8BE
Music from 8:00pm
“Sam Carter is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection” – Songlines
“A singer who can hold the audience spellbound all by himself” – R2 Magazine
Midlands-born guitarist and songwriter Sam Carter has earned a reputation as a captivating British folk troubadour. He is a highly-regarded instrumentalist, renowned by many as “the finest English-style fingerpicking guitarist of his generation” (Jon Boden). Over the past fifteen years, Sam has made appearances on national TV, won a BBC Folk Award, and has toured the world, sharing stages with some of the world’s foremost guitarists and songwriters, including Nic Jones, Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson, and Chris Wood.
Sam’s albums and live shows attest to his flair for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and his love for British and American traditional folksong. In 2012 he gave a spell-binding performance on Later… with Jools Holland, playing songs from the shape-note influenced album The No Testament, accompanied by fiddler Sam Sweeney. Sam continues to innovate within the tradition alongside Jim Moray in Folk Award-nominated electro-folk band False Lights, who released their second album Harmonograph to wide acclaim in 2018.
Released during the first lockdown in May 2020, Sam’s fourth album Home Waters has been heralded as “an album of quiet pleasures made by a musician at the top of his game” (R2 Magazine). Recorded in a converted church in rural Northumberland by producer and multi-instrumentalist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing, Andy May Trio), Sam’s live acoustic guitar and vocals sit at the heart of the album. Many of his performances were left unadorned, while Stephenson’s cinematic string arrangements created the rich emotional landscapes on other tracks. The album features the specially-assembled Home Waters String Quartet (Mark Carroll, Edward Cross, Jean-Pierre Garde, Hannah Tattersfield) with double bass players Matt Ridley and Ian ’Dodge’ Paterson.
In autumn 2021, Sam will embark on a national tour to support Home Waters’ release, the original 2020 launch tour having been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Uncluttered, great singing that reminds me of the very best English roots singers… this is the real deal” – Mike Harding
Nick Hart is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition.
Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for many years before discovering his passion for traditional song. Whilst studying for an ethnomusicology degree, he began to explore the large body of recordings of traditional singers from the second half of the 20th century, and this led to several years of fevered study and many nights spent at folk clubs and festivals, honing his skills as an unaccompanied singer.
Nick’s initially hardline attitude to the accompaniment of folk songs has softened over the years, but his love of the nuances of traditional singing informs his minimal guitar accompaniment, and his songs are delivered with a great emphasis on storytelling. His repertoire of songs, drawn largely from his native East Anglia, reflect his understanding of both the depth and breadth of material within the English tradition and he is fast acquiring a reputation as an engaging and entertaining performer.
2017 saw the release of his first solo album, Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs. Recorded by long-time collaborator Tom Moore, the album has been well received, being described as “One of the most rewarding and accomplished albums we’ve heard this year” by fRoots, “A cult classic in waiting” by Grizzly Folk, “Absolutely excellent” by FRUK, and “The real deal” by Mike Harding.
The follow-up, entitled Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs, was released to further critical acclaim in 2019. Nick is currently working on a third album, set for release in 2021. He has confirmed that it will have ten English folk songs on it, but the title remains shrouded in mystery for now…
“One of the most rewarding and accomplished albums we’ve heard this year”
“A cult classic in the making”
Folk Radio UK
“A wonderful record of some of England’s finest traditional songs, preserved in a beautifully unadulterated form”
Bright Young Folk