Sam Carter (Band with Song & Guitar)
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. Renowned as “the finest English-style fingerpicking guitarist of his generation” (Jon Boden), Sam made a spell-binding appearance on Later… with Jools Holland in 2012 and has toured 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).
Due for release May 2020, Sam’s fourth album Home Waters showcases his heartfelt songwriting with sensitive, sophisticated production. 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 the rich emotional landscapes on other tracks were illustrated by Stephenson’s cinematic string arrangements, performed by the specially-assembled The Home Waters String Quartet (Mark Carroll, Edward Cross, Jean-Pierre Garde, Hannah Tattersfield) with double bass players Matt Ridley and Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson.
In spring 2020 Sam will embark on a 17 date national tour to support the release of Home Waters, with three extra special dates featuring the Home Waters String Quartet: 21st May London, 22nd May Bristol, and 30th May Hexham.
Sam is an independent artist and has six releases to date, all self-released under Captain Records – Here In The Ground EP (2008), Keepsakes (2009), The No Testament (2012), Live At The Union Chapel EP (2012) and How The City Sings (2016) and Home Waters (2020) available on CD from HMV, Amazon and other online retailers with the exception of Live At The Union Chapel EP which is exclusively available on CD on Sam’s website and at shows.