About

Sam Winston

Sam is an indie folk pop artist from London. He writes, produces and records in his own studio he built. Sam has studied the piano since he was 6 and has taught himself the acoustic, electric, bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele, kalimba, plus many forms of percussion. Sam briefly studied singing under Laura Zakian (Trinity College London). His vocals have been used by award-winners, by TV composers, and by Boy George who Sam supported on a tour of Amsterdam. Sam plays Bailey Guitars, his favourite being a handmade "Bootlegger" by Mark Bailey in Ayr, Scotland. It was made with 100% "green" energy - a fact that's important to Sam.

His passion for Folk Pop resulted in the 2016 release of "The Fire & The Icicle" album. Its 10 songs point towards the idea of hope in the dark. This is seen in the album art and its emblem of a lantern. Sam's album was mixed by Chris Brown (Radiohead's "Street Spirit"; Muse's "Feeling Good"). The Fire & The Icicle was mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios. It is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, YouTube, Soundcloud - see LINKS. The album has received positive reviews & comments from BBC Radio's Bernie Keith, The Sun's Matt Bell, BBC Radio 2's Janice Long, plus articles in South London Press, News Shopper, SE9 Magazine + Nottingham Uni's Her Campus Magazine.

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August '16 Sam played FolkDock Festival, gigging in venues like Liverpool's Albert Dock and The Tate. Here, he supported Henry Priestman (of The Christians). Jan '17, Sam played a sold-out, one-man show at The Mick Jagger Centre, an event he plans to do annually. May '17 he sold out and headlined at The Moulton Theatre in Northampton. Sam has played live on BBC Radio, plus at concerts supporting Demelza Hospice, Alzheimer's Research and Young Minds. April '17, he embarked on a tour of Scotland, taking his music to Glasgow and Ayrshire (playing 11 gigs in 7 days). July '17, he undertook a short tour of Belgium. Sam continues to gig off the back of his debut album while writing + recording new material.

ALBUM REVIEWS:

"A heart-warming, folk-pop march into the light. Winston is soulful to the tips of his toes" - MATT BELL, THE SUN

"It features a wide variety of unusual instruments like a Celtic harp, a Victorian dulcitone, mandolins, even Sam's uncle's 100 year old accordion" - THE NEWS SHOPPER

"Winston is a class act" - THE SOUTH LONDON PRESS

"Track 'Defenceless' showcases Sam’s huge vocal sound, while 'The Bad Wolf' takes a more delicate style, with influences of Ben Howard shining through" - LOCK IN MUSIC