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Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis

October 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

With a voice described by Mike Harding as ‘beyond sublime’, Sam Kelly has been steadily making a name for himself among audiences and peers alike as a hugely talented singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Based in Cornwall, Sam has already accumulated an impressive musical portfolio, performing in many different bands (Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, The Changing Room, Company of Players, Phil Beer and Friends) and recording with the likes of Nic Jones, Cara Dillon, John McCusker, Belinda O’Hooley, Seth Lakeman and many more. Sam has performed multiple live sessions for BBC Radio 2 and 3, and has several national TV appearances under his belt. Coming from a Celtic background, Sam has been an integral part of many projects aiming to rekindle and raise awareness of the Cornish language, and is already known as one of the finest Cornish language singers in the world, being described by Cornish language expert Dr Ken George as ‘the best Cornish singer I’ve ever heard’. In November 2015, Sam became the first person ever to sing in the Cornish language on national radio, during a live session for Radio 2. After the release of his debut solo album – The Lost Boys – Sam was awarded the Horizon Award for emerging artists at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which cemented his place as one of the most rapidly rising stars on the folk scene. Sam’s main musical collaborator, Jamie Francis, is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the most innovative and exciting banjo players on the UK folk scene. Also a virtuoso guitarist, Jamie has been involved with almost every project Sam has been a part of, and has his own impressive musical portfolio including his own prog-blues band Stark. Sam and Jamie form a formidable duo when it comes to song-writing, arranging of folk songs and traditional tunes, and re-working of old time hits. With dynamic, fast-paced instrumental performances rubbing shoulders with tender ballads and stunning original songs, interspersed with funny anecdotes of their various misadventures – seeing these guys live for a rare duo show is not an opportunity to be missed!

The evening will open with a set from Dara Kulesh. With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, ‘bold, exotic, impressive’ Daria Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her intrepid quest to explore her family roots in the new solo album Long Lost Home has led Daria from the folk clubs of Hertfordshire to the mountains of Caucasus; from Cadogan Hall to Kremlin Palace. Launched at Cecil Sharp House, the album has enjoyed rave reviews, described as ‘superb’, ’10/10′, ‘remarkable’, ‘a masterpiece’, ‘a triumph’, ‘fascinating and enjoyable in equal measure’. Mixing history and folklore in captivating storytelling songs, Daria will take you on an engaging, enchanting and uplifting journey.

Tickets cost £10 in advance (£11 on the door) and can be reserved by phoning 01353 740999/664706 or by going to the website and sending us a message. http://www.elyfolkclub.co.uk/Contact.php


October 18, 2017
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Ely Folk Club
The Old Dispensary, 13 St Mary's Street
Ely, CB7 4ER United Kingdom
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