ABOUT - Sam is a folk rock and alt pop artist from London. He writes and produces in his studio that he built. He has studied the piano since he was 6 and has taught himself the acoustic, electric, bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, kalimba, plus many forms of percussion. Sam 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 tour of Amsterdam. Sam plays Bailey guitars and ukuleles. His favourite is his handcrafted model made by Bailey in Ayr, Scotland. It was made with 100% "green" energy, a fact that's important to Sam.
RELEASES - Sam's passion for folk pop led to the 2016 release of "The Fire & The Icicle." The entire album was written, produced and recorded by Sam. Its 10 songs point towards the idea of hope in the dark. This is seen visually through the emblem of a lantern. All tracks were mixed by Chris Brown - Radiohead's "Street Spirit," Muse's "Feeling Good". The album was mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios. It can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud etc. The album 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 and SE9 Magazine. See PRESS.
GIGS - August '16 Sam played FolkDock Festival, gigging in venues like Liverpool's Albert Dock + The Tate. He supported Henry Priestman of The Christians. Jan '17 and March '18 Sam played sold-out solo shows at the Mick Jagger Centre. Due to this popularity, this is now an annual event for him. May '17 he sold out The Moulton Theatre, Northampton. Sam has played live on BBC Radio, plus events supporting Demelza Hospice, Alzheimer's Research and Young Minds. In April '17 he embarked on a tour of Scotland (Glasgow/Ayrshire), playing 11 gigs in 8 days. July '17, he undertook a tour of Belgium. In February '18, Sam was picked as "Artist Of The Week" by Richer Unsigned. June '18, Sam will support Chris Jagger at the Mick Jagger Centre.
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