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17 November BURTON AGNES Moonbeams TICKETS
16 December SHREWSBURY (& Friends) The Hive TICKETS
18 December NORWICH Arts Centre TICKETS
25 January ROYSTON (Duo) Royston Folk Club TICKETS
24 February IVYBRIDGE (Trio) Westward Inn (Folk on the Moor) TICKETS
26 February DARTFORD (Duo) Folk Club TICKETS
01 March SOMERTON Compton Dundon Village Hall TICKETS
02 April SHEFFIELD The Greystones
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05 July TRELAWNYD Folk at the Hall TICKETS
11 July BRADFORD Topic Folk Club TICKETS
09 August SOUTH ZEAL Dartmoor Folk Festival TICKETS
31 August BRIDGEND (Trio) Between the Trees TICKETS
27 September LEEDS (Duo) New Headingley Club (New Roots)
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07 December LONDON Cecil Sharp House TICKETS

Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys

“Sam Kelly … I just love. What a beautiful singer. He has that really rare male voice, that soft-edged tone, you know those beautiful tenor voices of the 30’s and 40’s…it really draws you in. Sam’s absolutely great, he’s going to go places.”  Kate Rusby

Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years.

As a child, Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing songs, and play tunes on his melodeon. This awe and passion for Celtic music, coupled with a love for the heavy riffs of classic rock and blues, and a voice described by Mike Harding as ‘one of my favourite voices ever’ has led Sam on to produce some of the most exciting music on the British folk scene in recent years.

With folk luminaries such as Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, and Cara Dillon waxing lyrical about Sam’s live set, it seemed fitting when he was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Sam in the full band line up for 2018 are Ciaran Algar (fiddle, tenor guitar, bouzouki), Jamie Francis (banjo), Toby Shaer (flutes, pipes, whistles, fiddle, cittern), Graham Coe (cello), Archie Moss (melodeon) and Evan Carson (percussion). Together, they are Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys.

The band released their new album “Pretty Peggy” for 2018 with two concert tours and a festival season to promote. With an intoxicating mix of youthful exuberance and instrumental virtuosity, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys breathe new life into traditional music, letting it rub shoulders with contemporary originals and even the occasional surprise rock cover. Chosen by Cambridge Folk Festival as the pick of the 2016 event, they have quickly become one of the most in-demand bands on the UK festival scene.

Expect to hear haunting harmonies, soaring tunes and melodies, charming anecdotes and instrumental performances of the highest calibre, all led by Sam’s unmistakable vocals. This is not a show to be missed.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Horizon Award Winner 2016

Sam Kelly is also available as a duo with Jamie Francis, and a trio for selected shows. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements. 

“an assured and polished debut album which showcases a wide range of Sam Kelly’s undoubted talents as a singer/songwriter gifted with a musical maturity beyond his years. It more than justifies his growing reputation as a performer and deserves to bring him and his band to the attention of a much bigger audience” Folk Radio

“Really fabulous stuff” Mark Radcliffe

“The Lost Boys is an outstanding debut album.” Bright Young Folk

“This is the album that the folk world has been awaiting… The Lost Boys is going to be huge.”

“A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously…Check him out!” Sean Lakeman