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Artist In Residence at The Convent

I am very excited to announce that I am now officially the first ever Artist In Residence at The Convent. It's nestled in South Woodchester, between Stroud and Nailsworth, in Gloucestershire.

It's an astonishing place to be living and working. Not only is it the best venue in the country, but it's also a lovely hotel and restaurant with beautiful grounds to explore. I cannot recommend it enough. Take a look at their gig list and come and see something here. Alternatively, every gig is broadcast online so you can watch a gig in full HD from the comfort of your living room!

Watch this space to see what I'll be doing here. In the mean time, sign up to their mailing list at and watch my FaceBook and Twitter pages for updates.

How exciting!

Sam x


Less than one month to go until Made In The Great War is back on the road. Make sure you book your tickets soon and tell your friends.

Here are the dates.

03/09/15 Burton On Trent - The Brewhouse Arts Centre

04/09/15 Bury - The Met

05/09/15 Reading - Reading Town Hall

06/09/15 Shoreham-by-Sea - The Ropetackle Arts Centre

07/09/15 Yeovil - The Octagon Theatre

08/09/15 Bury St Edmunds - The Apex

09/09/15 Crawley - The Hawth

10/09/15 Forest Arts - New Milton

11/09/15 Saltaire - Victoria Hall

12/09/15 Sheffield - The Library Theatre

13/09/15 Barnard Castle - The Witham

14/09/15 Buxton - The Pavilion Arts Centre

For ticket information visit the website below.

Thanks and see you soon!
Sam x


I just won Musician Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015!! I'm still a little overwhelmed by the whole experience, but it was an incredible night and it's an enormous honour to have such an award to my name.


My brand new band Leveret has recorded an album! We did the whole thing live in a day in a beautiful setting in the Brecon Beacons. Mixing it next week. In the mean time, we have some gigs coming up in December. We going to Northampton, London, New Mills, Abingdon Pewsey and Shrewsbury. For more information and tickets visit


So with less than a month to go until the Made In The Great War starts, we are busy promoting the show up and down the country. We have done sessions for In Tune on BBC Radio 3, and The Mark Radcliffe Show on Radio 2. Here is a link to a feature I did for The World Service on News Hour. It's a lovely piece and really sums up the show. Tell your friends! Tickets are still available for the show at



I'm very excited to announce a new project that I'll be touring this September. It's called
Made In The Great War and it's the story of my fiddle that took over 90 years to make. Carved in 1915 and finally finished in 2007, the show follows the life of the fiddle and its luthier, Richard Howard, and how I came to be the first person ever to play the violin. Telling the story will be the amazing Hugh Lupton, and providing the music for the show will be Paul Sartin, Rob Harbron and me.

To find out about the show, just
visit the website. The tour starts on September 3rd and runs for twenty dates nationwide. Book your tickets now and spread the word. See you in September!


Amazing news… I have been nominated for Best Musician at the BBC Folk Awards 2014. I couldn't be more chuffed to be up for it for the second year running. I'm up against Aidan O'Rourke, Martin Simpson and Will Pound, all of whom I'm honoured to be in a category with! Get your tickets for the Folk Awards now - it's being held at The Royal Albert Hall.

Also,The Full English is up for Best Group and Best Album. Best Album is a public vote this year, so make sure you click
here and cast your vote!

Thanks for all your support x



Morning! I am off on Bellowhead tour today, but wanted to let you know about a special day coming up in January 2014. I am doing a workshop in The Master's Lodge, Trinity Hall College, Cambridge followed by the first ever gig with my new band (with Andy Cutting and Rob Harbron) on January 18th. The concert has nearly sold out, so book your workshop place now and grab one of the last few tickets!
Here is the ticket link. Hopefully see you there…


I'm now doing an all day workshop in Derby Assembly Rooms on April 6th. Tickets are available only from the DerbyLive website. Click here to book a place, or here to read about my workshop days.


I'm in the process of booking in a load of workshops up and down the country. The latest is in Leeds on April 7th. Click here for more info!


I have been nominated in the Best Musician category of the 2013 BBC Folk Awards! I couldn't be more chuffed and humbled to be amongst such esteemed company. Thank you all - what an incredible honour!


I am very excited to announce that I'm doing an all day workshop followed by an intimate concert in Cambridge on January 13th. It will be held at The Master's Lodge, Trinity Hall College, and there are not as many spaces available as usual so get them quick! Click here to book a place or here for more info on the workshops. See you there :-)


My second workshop is on sale now - High Wycombe Arts Centre, September 29th. To book a place, click here.


My first workshop is organised and tickets are on sale! Click here to book a place.


Afternoon, everyone. Lots has been happening, so let me briefly up date you all. Firstly, Hannah James and I have a new album, State and Ancientry, and it is out tomorrow! Visit to find out more!

Secondly, I have just got back from Rockfield Studios where the fourth Bellowhead album been recorded. What an amazing and beautiful studio it is! The album will be out this Autumn so look out for that…

And finally, I have just got my copy of Orfeo, the new album from Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party. It is out in May, and I am exceedingly proud to be on such a great album - make sure you grab a copy asap!

I am now starting to sort out my set list for my second solo gig at Bristol Folk Festival in May. See you there, hopefully!


Following the success of my solo gig back in October, I will be doing a few more! I will be doing a spot at Bristol Folk Festival on May 5th-6th. I am also organising a few small, intimate chapel concerts in the new year, so keep a look out for those. I will put up any more solo gig dates here.


Tonight is my first solo gig in ten years! It's at Cecil Sharp House, London, and I'll be playing a 45 minute set of my favourite tunes - some you may be familiar with, and some you won't be... Rua Macmillan is also playing - he is ace, check him out!


Well, the new Hannah & Sam album is pretty much finished. Only a couple of things left to do... Any suggestions for a title would be welcome! I also managed to accidentally/on purpose acquire a Hardanger Fiddle the other day. Watch this space!


Hannah and I have been in the studio for three days now. Six tracks are down, six to go.


New website launched! Welcome to my newly designed site.


Hannah and I have just finished a week's tour. It was fantastic, especially the final gig in Glossop, which was a sell out, and a brilliant audience. Thanks to Sara Kirkham and everyone at Goblins In The Ginnel!

Lots of dates are coming in for the Autumn so keep an eye out for a gig near you.


Tonight I played a gig with Andy Cutting at Kings Place, London. We played some material from Andy's album and some trad material too. It was an amazing experience! Thanks to everyone for coming.
Here is a link to a video taken on the night.