Winner of the 2016 Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Kelly is joined by banjo player, and songwriting compadre Jamie Francis for a duo gig. Sam’s début EP, ‘Your Way Home’ was released in March 2013 and quickly created an excited buzz of interest throughout the folk world. His follow up EP, 2015’s ‘Spokes’ cemented Sam’s place further as one of the most exciting young prospects on the folk scene and landed him a nomination for Best Singer in the Spiral Earth Awards, as well as grabbing the attention of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show. As well as playing as a duo, Jamie and Sam regularly play with percussionist Evan Carson and brand new band The Lost Boys, featuring Ciaran Algar and Graham Coe, as well as other exciting folk projects The Changing Room and The Company of Players. The Lost Boys’ début, self titled album garnered rave reviews and enticed BBC Radio 2 to invite the guys to play a live session on the Folk Show. Having played not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES at this year’s Bristol Folk Festival (with the trio, The Changing Room and The Company of Players) Sam brings his foot stomping brand of folk back to The Bristol Folk House.
2015’s Isambard Folk Award winners Said The Maiden will be providing the support for the evening. Said the Maiden are a Hertfordshire based folk trio singing traditional English music in three part acapella harmony, occasionally embellishing their sound with violin, guitar, percussion, woodwind, mandolin and accordion. Said the Maiden have built quite a reputation for themselves over the last 3 years, playing clubs, theatres and festivals across the country, both as a headline act and as support for the likes of Fairport Convention, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Clannad, The Fisherman’s Friends, Jim Moray, Megson and The Full English, to name but a few. Said the Maiden are also members of The Company of Players, along with Sam.