About

Sam Winston

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

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RECORDINGS - Sam's passion for Folk Pop led to the 2016 release of "The Fire & The Icicle." The 10 songs on the album were all written, produced and recorded by Sam. They point towards the idea of hope in the dark. This is seen in the album art and its emblem of a lantern. The tracks were mixed by Chris Brown (Radiohead's "Street Spirit", Muse's "Feeling Good"). The finished album was mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios. It is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, YouTube, Soundcloud. 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 + "Her Campus" Magazines. See BELOW or NEWS SECTION.

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GIGS - August '16 Sam played Folk Dock Festival, gigging in venues like Liverpool's Albert Dock and The Tate. Here, he supported Henry Priestman of The Christians. Jan '17 and March '18, Sam played sold-out, one-man shows at the renowned Mick Jagger Centre (capacity: 200+). Due to his popularity here, this is now an annual event for Sam. May '17 he sold out + headlined at The Moulton Theatre in Northampton. Sam has played live on BBC Radio, plus concerts supporting Demelza Hospice, Alzheimer's Research and Young Minds. April '17 he embarked on a tour of Scotland. He took his music to Glasgow and Ayrshire, playing 12 gigs in 8 days. July '17 he also undertook a short tour of Belgium. In February '18, Sam was picked as "Artist Of The Week" by Richer Music Unsigned. In June '18, Sam is scheduled to support Chris Jagger at The Mick Jagger Centre.

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REVIEWS: "Sam’s earnest voice is equally at home in delicate folk music numbers, as it is to bolder pop-influenced songs" - RICHER UNSIGNED

"Heart-warming...Winston is soulful to the tips of his toes" - MATT BELL, THE SUN

"His tracks feature unusual instruments like a Celtic harp, a Victorian dulcitone, mandolins, even Sam's uncle's 100 year old accordion" - THE NEWS SHOPPER

"Song '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

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