October’s headline guest will need no introduction, as a "brilliant guitarist and songwriter who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection", according to Songlines magazine.
Midlands-born guitarist and songwriter SAM CARTER has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative- driven songwriting and captivating live performances. He is a highly-regarded instrumentalist, renowned by many as "the finest English-style fingerpicking guitarist of his generation" (Jon Boden). Over the past fifteen years, Sam has toured the world, won a BBC Folk Award and made appearances on national TV, including a spellbinding performance on Later... with Jools Holland. Sam has recorded and performed with some of folk’s leading lights, including Richard Thompson, Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr.
When Sam envisioned his fourth album Home Waters as "a search for a sense of belonging and stability in unfamiliar territory”, he couldn't have known how prescient that would turn out to be. Recorded pre-pandemic in a converted church in rural Northumberland by producer and multi- instrumentalist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing, Andy May Trio), Sam’s live acoustic guitar and vocals sit at the heart of the album. Many of his performances were left unadorned, while Stephenson’s cinematic string arrangements created the rich emotional landscapes on other tracks. Released during lockdown in May 2020, Home Waters brought solace to many and was heralded as "an album full of quiet pleasures by a musician at the top of his game" (R2 Magazine).
Sam will be joined on the bill by FLO PARKER BOMBOSCH, who will get the evening underway with a short set. Flo is a singer/songwriter, coming from punk rock college bands and folk harmony-focused duets, Flo now mainly plays her own brand of indie folk music, influenced by the likes of Death Cab For Cutie and The Frames.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND on Friday 15th October 2021, are available from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend or online HERE. They are priced at £15 each and must be purchased in advance. There will be a bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally- brewed real ale from Hambrook-based GREAT WESTERN BREWING CO. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own glass/mug/tankard/bucket, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of our drive to be more environmentally aware. There is now a 50p discount for those bringing their own receptacles. Please also note that seating at this event is unreserved.