Cabaret Voltaire

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Sam Lee

Friday 5 April 2024

St Mary's Church, Totnes

Join us in this beautiful setting for a concert from this Mercury-nominated singer, folksong collector, and conservationist who has helped shake up the music scene and injected life back into the folk trad and world acoustic scenes.

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Starts 8:00 P.M.
Early Bird £18.00
General Admission £20.00

Booking fee applies

Join us in this beautiful setting for a concert from this Mercury-nominated singer, folksong collector, and conservationist who has helped shake up the music scene and injected life back into the folk trad and world acoustic scenes.

“A dazzling fusion of nature and song” – The Guardian ★★★★

March 2024 sees the release of Sam Lee’s fourth studio album, ‘Songdreaming’, the follow up to 2020’s ‘Old Wow’, an album variously described as ‘A dazzling fusion of nature and song’ (The Observer) and a ‘sublime album that demands to be heard in the 21st century’ (The Daily Telegraph) amidst a host of critical acclaim. 

‘Songdreaming’ represents the latest stage in the development of Sam Lee’s music, from its roots in traditional folk song to a new way of imagining and performing these old songs, making them relevant for a modern audience.

“I wanted to sing a vision of what a conversation between us and the land could be, to restore and inspire a practice of songful immersion in nature that brings with it healing, something we need now more than ever”

The album sees Sam continue his work with producer Bernard Butler and long term collaborator, arranger and composer James Keay in creating an album rich in musicality and invention, building on the backbone of double bass, percussion and violin with a world of instrumentation including the Arabic Qanoon, Swedish Nyckelharpa and more. In doing so, Sam delivers an album that ranges from more immediately identifiable acoustic songs to drone soundscapes to the electric guitar and gospel choir propelled lead single, ‘Meeting Is A Pleasant Place’ which features the recording debut of Trans Voices, a London based transgender choir.

With a lyrical focus on the perilous state of the natural world that has informed Sam’s work since his debut, ‘Songdreaming’ represents the most expansive and fully realised Sam Lee album to date, capable of switching from the beautiful balladry of ‘Sweet Girl McRee’ to the gospel tinges of ‘Leaves Of Life’ and the whiteout noise close of album opener ‘Bushes and Briars’. It is a full expression of Sam Lee as an artist and of his relationship to his muse, the natural world.

With support from Anna Ling

Living on the river Dart, Anna Ling walks the estuary world often, gathering reflections into song. Drawing on the tradition of 1960s folksingers, her songs are stories, playful and poetic by nature. A passion for holding spaces of song has led her music on a lively journey – through the community choirs that she leads, to performances at many of the UK’s most vibrant festivals and venues, to the many campfires that light England across the seasons.

“Delicate acoustic instrumentals provide the backdrop against which Anna’s expressive vocals are sung. What stands out most, though, is the lyrics.”

York Calling 


“If you were to sit around a campfire while the peace of day fades into the hum of the night, it would feel like listening to Anna Ling.”  

Harmonics Magazine