‘Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I’ve seen him perform live a few times and he’s amazing’ Cara Dillon
‘A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously…Check him out!’ Sean Lakeman
This 22-year-old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally hails from the depths of Norfolk. As a young child, Sam’s only link with folk music was through the Gaelic songs that his Irish grandfather taught him. But he has never lost his love for traditional music, and this passion pours out of him in every note he sings.
Sam’s debut EP, entitled ‘Your Way Home’, was released in March 2013, featuring Beth Porter (Eliza Carthy Band) on cello. This created a buzz of interest in the folk scene for Sam’s music, being described by Bright Young Folk as a ‘captivating introduction to a name we’ll be sure not to forget’, and gaining him support slots with the likes of Cara Dillon, Jim Moray and Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.
His second EP, ‘Spokes’, marks a huge step forward for the band – and is set to get plenty of publicity when it is launched in February 2015.
So far, Sam’s musical journey has included being selected for the first ever EFDSS Artist Development Scheme and becoming a New Roots Finalist in 2013.
He is now touring with his band, with Jamie Francis on banjo and Evan Carson on bodhran. The Sam Kelly Trio have been playing at festivals all over the country, including Ely, Folk East and Cambridge. They are receiving glowing reviews from audiences at every gig they play and have become one of the fastest-rising acts on the British folk scene.