“The strangest and most wonderful concert” – The Observer
“Absolutely gorgeous…” – BBC Radio 4
This Spring, naturalist and Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee and special guests bring the celebrated Singing With Nightingales starlit walks indoors. Live broadcasting the irrepressible nocturnal courtship song of nightingales, this series of unique concerts introduces human-bird duets in a new theatrical experience.
Joining Sam Lee will be special guest artists Caoimhin o Raghallaigh & Fiston Lusambo
Presented by worldwide roots music promoter, The Nest Collective, these groundbreaking concerts weave a narrative of song and story concerning the nightingale’s role in folklore, landscape and migration, overshadowed by their current alarming decline. Hear their song and its powerful effect while you still can.
Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, song collector, award winning promoter, broadcaster, animateur, and naturalist.
As an artist Sam traverses many worlds, challenging and pioneering folk music in diverse places and ways. Not just an award-winning singer with two highly decorated albums to his name and a sound incomparable to his contemporaries’; his work fostering live music in the UK has been instrumental in the explosion of folk of the last decade. Sam reinvents not just the way these ancient songs should sound but how they can be sourced, exist and thrive, from conscientiously gathering them in Gypsy Traveler camps to singing them for the Hollywood big screen.
Sam’s debut album, ‘Ground of its Own’ was conceived after winning the prestigious Arts Foundation Prize in 2011 and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Music Prize. His second album, ‘The Fade in Time’ (2015) has been equally feted. At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Sam was presented with ‘Best Traditional Song’ for his version of the song ‘Lovely Molly’. During the ceremony, he performed the song live, backed by the 40-piece Roundhouse Choir, in front of a sold-out show at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The same week, Sam and his band of Friends were invited to perform the same song on BBC TV’s ‘Later with Jools’.
Caoimhin o Raghallaigh
If you’re wondering how to pronounce his name, try “Kwee-veen Oh Rye Alla” on for size. It’s not quite right, but as a first attempt it’s not too shabby.
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fddle called the hardanger d’amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in various duos, and as a member of two bands, The Gloaming and This is How we Fly. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center. He has made ffteen recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate. Caoimhín is known as a collaborator, having worked with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Amiina and Vincent Moon. He has made music for theatre and flm, including music for the Oscar-nominated movie Brooklyn and Volker Schlondorff’s Return to Montauk.
“the most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad” – Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, USA
“the missing link between Martin Hayes and Purple Haze” – Nick Kelly, Irish Independent
London based Fiston Lusambo is a virtuoso guitarist, famous for his fluid style blending choppy rhythm playing with sinuous lead lines. He first came into the spotlight in Orchestra Virunga, the group formed around seminal Congolese artist Samba Mapangala.
He is bandleader of Zong Zing All Stars, leading exponents of ‘cavacha’ – the uplifting dance rhtyhm at the core of central African music, which gave rise to ‘soukous’ in Congo, ‘makosa’ in Cameroon, and ‘coupez decallez’ in Côte d’Ivoire.