CLICK ON THE PIC. FOR ALL THE INFO. Sam Lee, folk singer, promoter and animateur released his debut album “Ground Of Its Own’ in June 2012. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize and won the FRoots album of the year. He was also nominated for 3 BBC R2 Folk awards. The recording is a musical manifesto, reflecting the artistic journey Sam has taken so far and the less than conventional route getting there. A naturally gifted voice, singing was new to him until his first encounter with folk song some 6 years ago. This discovery of a new world compelled him to abandon his work as a trained visual artist, teacher of wilderness survival and moonlighting as a burlesque dancer and embark on a journey collecting old songs of The British Isles. Sam is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong. He was given the 2011 Arts Foundation Award which, for the first time, honoured folk music amongst the art forms. Likewise his live band, Sam Lee and Friends, carve a new acoustic with their homemade and mongrelised instrumentation using unconventional and contemporary arrangements that challenging preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like.
The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria is the centre for this literature festival Words by the Water, organised by Ways With Words. Bang Your Drum were curious to find out more about what happens behind the scenes in programming such an ambitious event, and caught up with a very busy Bryony Tilsley, the Customer Service and Box Office Manager for Ways With Words, for a quick q&a.
Bang Your Drum have been working on a website, copywriting and photography for The New Bookshop and Food For Thought Coffee Shop in Cockermouth, Cumbria. Over the coming weeks their website and new Tumblr blog will undergo a period of testing and tweaking, so it would be great if our followers would get involved and visit both sites to see what you think.
Bang Your Drum have been working on a website, copywriting and photography for Wild Zucchinis Bistro. Here’s a photomontage which will give you a flavour of what’s to come.
Here’s The Furrow Collective’s first film, a beautiful animation made by visual artist, filmmaker and singer Marry Waterson: I’d rather be tending my sheep.
CLICK ON THE PIC. FOR ALL THE INFO. … supported by the superb Cumbrian band ‘Yis Aye’ – Neil and Yvonne Reay-Bennett with Joanne Braniff.
Bang Your Drum would like to thank The Furrow Collective and Yis Aye, both performed a superb set. Thank you to everyone for coming – it felt so good to see such a great turnout on a cold February evening. Thank you to Gilcrux Village Hall and Educational Trust for the use of their beautiful venue: Gilcrux Village Hall, and thank you to Colin Rumney from Reverb Stage and Sound Services for providing and operating the PA.
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Here’s something that struck me today, resulting in this short post. Two major music shows in India are sponsored by drinks companies. Coke and Dewars whisky. By way of complete contrast I’ve added a third film, from a shed in Somerset – sponsored by no one!