Sam is an indie folk pop artist from London. His album "The Fire & The Icicle" was written, produced and recorded by him in his own studio. 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 with Laura Zakian (Trinity College). His vocals have been used by award-winners, by TV composers, and by Boy George who Sam supported on a short tour of Amsterdam. Sam plays Bailey Guitars, his favourite being a handcrafted custom edition made by Mark Bailey in Ayr, Scotland. It was made with 100% renewable energy - a fact that's important to Sam, as he shares an interest in green ethics. Sam has also played at concerts supporting charities like Demelza House Hospice, Alzheimer's Research & Young Minds.
His passion for Folk Pop resulted in the 2016 release of The Fire & The Icicle. 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 Bandcamp (HQ), Spotify, iTunes, 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.
In August '16 Sam played FolkDock Festival, gigging in venues like Liverpool's Albert Dock and The Tate. Here, Sam supported Henry Priestman (of The Christians). In Jan '17, Sam played a sold-out, one-man show at the Mick Jagger Centre, an event he plans to do annually. In April '17, he embarked on a tour of Scotland, taking his music to Glasgow/Ayrshire, playing 11 gigs in 7 days. In July '17, Sam undertook a short tour of Belgium, playing around the Tienen area. Sam continues to tour off the back of his debut album while continuing to write and record new material.
"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
"Tracks "Reach You" & "Defenceless" showcase Sam’s huge vocal sound, meanwhile "The Bad Wolf" takes a more delicate style, with influences of Ben Howard shining through" - LOCK IN MUSIC