BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee “Horizon Award”
“Really fabulous stuff” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Still only 23, Sam Kelly already has three critically acclaimed recordings to his name: 2013 debut EP Your Way Home, 2015 follow-up Spokes EP, and debut album The Lost Boys, released last November to rave reviews. A nomination in the Best Singer category at the 2015 Spiral Earth Awards, a barnstorming performance at Cambridge Folk Festival 2015, and a live session on Mark Radcliffe’s Radio 2 Folk Show have cemented Sam’s place as one of the most rapidly rising stars on the UK folk scene. The album has also been championed by numerous legends of folk broadcasting, including Mike Harding – who played tracks from the album for four weeks in a row on his online radio podcast.
Sam also co-formed the acclaimed Cornwall-based collective The Changing Room along with Tanya Brittain, working with Cornish language expert Dr Ken George to write folk-infused songs in the Cornish language. With high caliber guest musicians Jon Cleave (Fisherman’s Friends) and John McCusker, Sam became the first person ever to sing in Cornish on national radio, generating a huge surge of interest in the largely forgotten language. The Changing Room represented Cornwall at the international Pan Celtic song competition in Derry last year, winning all three categories that they were entered in – Best Original Song, Best Traditional Song, and Best Traditional Band. Their debut album ‘Behind the Lace’ is out now, and the second is due for release later this year.