The Mercury Prize nominated Sam Lee, driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, will explore the rich history of vernacular folk song in Hull City and District using a collection of songs from in and around the city. Through recorded testimonials that capture the current and historical oral traditions extant amongst the residents, Sam Lee creates a sonic triptych combining choral and arranged accompaniment to portrait the city and its ever changing character.
Sam Lee said,
“Hull City and its many local voices will soon be playground of sounds and stories to forage in and for that I can’t wait. What a treat it will be to dig into the rich seam of music so richly folded into this historic place.“
About Sam Lee
Since bursting on to the folk scene, Londoner and Hackney resident Sam Lee has blazed a dizzying trail as a singer and song collector. With a rich and resonant voice, Sam is also the founder and driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues as well as engaging new and often younger audiences.
At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Sam was presented with ‘Best Traditional Song’ for his version of the song Lovely Molly. During the ceremony, he performed the song live, backed by the 40-piece Roundhouse Choir, in front of a sold-out show at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The same week, Sam and his band of Friends were invited to perform the same song on BBC TV’s ‘Later with Jools’. More recently Sam is featured in Guy Ritchie’s latest film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in which his song, composed with Daniel Pemberton, entitled The Devil and the Huntsman is the lead and title track.
The performance of Hullucination was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 6 July 2017