Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys have been wowing audiences at festivals across the UK this summer – turning traditional songs on their head, swerving into rock territory and nudging the mainstream.
Now the high energy, hot property line-up are bringing the ‘Wow’ factor indoors at venues across England this November/December.
The band who also recently went down a storm at Portugal’s Costa del Folk and Denmark’s famous Tonder Festival will be showcasing their highly acclaimed new album Pretty Peggy on a 9-date tour between Nov 27-Dec 7.
The tour will take in seven counties and a London date at the Camden home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society – Cecil Sharp House on Wednesday, November 29. Tickets, price £14, available on 020 7485 2206 or via www.cecilsharphouse.org. The performance takes place in the refurbished Kennedy Hall.
At just 24, the ‘pushing the envelope’ singer songwriter has had no trouble setting the roots world alight. Just three years after releasing his first EP, Norfolk-born, Bristol-based Kelly scooped the coveted 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Horizon” title, which recognises the best emerging talent.
On the recent Pretty Peggy album release he is joined by his regular touring and festival band – banjo genius Jamie Francis; Ciaran Algar on fiddle/tenor guitar; Evan Carson on percussion, Graham Coe (cello), Toby Shaer (woodwind) and Archie Churchill-Moss on melodeon.
Kelly, who says he owes much of his musical inspiration to his late Irish grandfather, is known as a former Britain’s Got Talent finalist (“a massive whirlwind experience”) when he was just 19. It’s part of his colourful story but that story has moved on in leaps and bounds, making him one of the most exciting young performers on the circuit.
Playing guitars, bouzouki and mandolin he undoubtedly has instrumental prowess but it’s the effortless soft-edged, stand-out voice that has fast tracked him to the top tier of the scene whether in his trio with Francis and Carson, in Cornish band The Changing Room band or spearheading his own Lost Boys.
Trawling old songs and tunes for the innovative Pretty Peggy album, Kelly found some gems to refashion along with a Bob Dylan cover and his own song Chasing Shadows
Accolades have come thick and fast from the media with the Morning Star saying “Folk hasn’t rocked this hard since Fairport’s heyday” and broadcaster Mike Harding saying “If this album doesn’t feature in several nominations for Folk Awards this year there’s something seriously wrong”.
Pretty Peggy is released on the Navigator label and distributed by Proper Music.
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SAM KELLY & THE LOST BOYS TOUR DATES
27/11 NEWTON ABBOTT – KINGSKERSWELL Parish Church, Devon 01803 875527 www.worldunlimited.co.uk/
28/11 NORWICH Arts Centre 01603 660352 http://norwichartscentre.co.uk/
29/11 LONDON Cecil Sharp House 020 7485 2206 https://www.cecilsharphouse.org/
30/11 NEW MILTON Forest Arts Centre 01425 619983 https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/forest-arts-centre
1/12 STAMFORD Arts Centre 01780 763203 https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/
2/12 KINGS SOMBORNE Hall, Hampshire http://www.sombornesessions.co.uk
5/12 SHOREHAM BY SEA Ropetackle Centre 01273 464440 https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/
6/12 BIDDULPH Up in Arms 01782 523277 http://www.biddulphupinarms.com
7/12 SHEFFIELD The Greystones http://www.mygreystones.co.uk/
Artist web link: www.samkelly.org