Bio

Sam Winston

Sam is a folk rock / alt. pop artist from London, UK. He writes and produces in a studio that he built. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has studied the piano since he was 6. He taught himself the guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, drums, banjo and kalimba. He studied singing under Laura Zakian (Trinity College, Goldsmiths). His vocals have been used by award winners, TV composers and by Boy George who Sam supported on a tour of Amsterdam. Sam plays Bailey Guitars. His favourite is a hand-crafted model made with 100% green, renewable energy, a fact that's important to Sam. When Bailey Guitars were in danger of losing their premises, Sam also supported them by curating a compilation album of his and other artists' works. Profits from this helped to raise the £20,000 needed to secure Bailey Guitars' premises.

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RELEASES - 2016 saw the release of "The Fire & The Icicle" album. It was written, produced and recorded entirely by Sam. Its 10 songs point toward the idea of hope in the dark. This is seen visually in the emblem of a lantern. The tracks were mixed by Chris Brown - Radiohead's "Street Spirit," Muse's "Feeling Good", The Beatles' Anthologies. The album was mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios. It 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 etc.

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GIGS - Sam has played festivals like FolkDock, gigging in venues like the Tate Liverpool and the Albert Dock. He has supported Boy George and Henry Priestman of The Christians. Sam has delivered sold-out solo shows at the Mick Jagger Centre. He also sold out the Moulton Theatre, Northampton. He has played live on BBC Radio, plus events supporting Demelza Hospice, Alzheimer's Research & Young Minds. Sam has toured internationally - in April he embarked on a tour of Scotland. In July, he undertook a short tour of Belgium. Sam has supported Chris Jagger and has twice been picked as "Artist Of The Week" by Richer Unsigned. Sam played the BBC Radio Kent Stage at Chatham's Steam Fest 2019, as well as at Dartford Festival '19. Sam will play to 20,000 visitors this year at Greenwich Get Together, billed as the opening act on The Main Stage. On 27 July, Sam will play a short set at the Battersea Arts Centre, in a gig supported by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

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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

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

"Intricate and big-hearted [...] a playful, soulful delight" - LEO ULPH, BBC RADIO KENT