Wed 29th September, 20218:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
‘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
In the ten years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances. Having made a spell-binding appearance on Later… with Jools Holland in 2012, Sam has gone on to tour the world, sharing stages with some of the finest guitarists and songwriters, including Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, and Chris Wood.
Following the release of his last album How The City Sings, Sam embarked on an extensive album release tour with his most ambitious live line-up to date, including shows with Folk Award-winning fiddler Sam Sweeney and pianist Neil Cowley (Adele, Neil Cowley Trio). Alongside a busy solo touring schedule, he continued to break new ground with his work in Folk Award-nominated electro-folk band False Lights, who released their second album Harmonograph to wide acclaim in early 2018. In demand as a session player, Sam was enlisted for a string of festival dates with Eliza Carthy’s Wayward band and for a national tour with Bella Hardy. In late 2019, Sam joined the ensemble for the touring folk theatre show ‘Rising Up: Peterloo 2019’, arranging and performing songs written by the Young’uns’ Sean Cooney alongside Lucy Farrell (Furrow Collective) and Jim Molyneux (Four Square, Kitty MacFarlane).
This spring Sam Carter embarks on a national tour to support the release of his thrilling new album Home Waters. Recorded in a converted church in rural Northumberland, Home Waters captures the full force of Sam Carter’s heartfelt songwriting. Featuring the specially-assembled Home Waters String Quartet, the album’s rich emotional landscapes are exquisitely illustrated by producer Ian Stephenson’s cinematic string arrangements. Images of overwhelming floods, rising tides, and conflict-stricken seas sit alongside tales of love and loss, alluding to the search for a sense of belonging and stability in unfamiliar territory.
Hang onto your hats because this genre-bending power duo is ready to take you on a ride!
Tomato/Tomato perform an eclectic mix of folk and country that will have you rolling down your windows and singing at the top of your lungs. Their live show includes jaw dropping multitasking, dynamic guitar arrangements, and soaring vocal harmonies. Stitch these elements together with compelling, heartfelt songwriting and you have an unforgettable musical experience.
Whether you say “Tom-ay-to” or “Tom-ah-to” – this high energy duo will have you stomping your feet, clapping your hands, and playing your air washboard with reckless abandon! With two acclaimed albums (So it Goes / I Go Where You Go), Tomato/Tomato is sure to be cooking up something fresh.
“If you like folk music, actual folk music, you like these two. Their harmonies and hooks are reminiscent of David Wax Museum and Old Crow Medicine Show, and Lisa Mclaggan’s unique choice of instrument — a washboard with a cymbal nailed to it — ensures they have their own defining percussion to set them apart from other Maritime folk acts.” Chad Pelley www.theovercast.ca
“It is really no wonder they are an in demand act both at home and abroad. An eclectic mix of folk and bluegrass that shows great musicianship and careful lyricism – Tomato/Tomato are super cool, super funky and super quirky. What more could you ask for?” Maggie Sapet, Australian Musician Network