Sam is a Folk Pop artist from London, England. He writes and records in his own studio that he built. He 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). 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 model by Mark Bailey in Ayr, Scotland. It was made with 100% "green" energy - a fact that's important to Sam.
His passion for pop and folk led to the 2016 release of "The Fire & The Icicle" album. Its 10 songs 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. 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. 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.
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 and March '18, Sam played sold-out, one-man shows at the renowned Mick Jagger Centre. Due to its popularity, this is an event Sam plans annually. 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, taking his music to Glasgow and Ayrshire (playing 11 gigs in 7 days). July '17 he 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.
THE FIRE & THE ICICLE ALBUM REVIEWS:
"Sam’s earnest voice is equally at home in delicate folk music numbers, as it is to bolder pop-influenced songs" - RICHER UNSIGNED
"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
"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