In the last year, 24-year old Sam Brookes has played shows in bars, clubs, community centres and libraries as well as shows with Scott Matthews and Cherry Ghost, and toured with Ray Davies who dubbed him “absolutely amazing”. He has also become something of an impresario on the burgeoning London folk scene, curating “The Unplugged Sessions”, a fortnightly club night in the London pub, which has featured performances from the man himself and fellow travelers Pete Roe, Lucy Rose and The Miserable Rich.
Summer 2011 will see the release of Sam’s eponymously titled debut album, which features eight streams of consciousness gems that Sam has honed to a fine point, beautifully realised by producers Chris Hughes (Tears For Fears, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney) and Mark Frith (Electric Soft Parade, Tom McRae).
Sam plays most of the guitars and sings magnificently and on one or two songs brings in a supporting cast including Raven Bush and Liam Magill from Syd Arthur and Will Lang on Bodhran. The songs are about growing up, drinking, women, friendship, drugs, fathers & sons, travelling, fear, joy, love and …a butterfly.
released 18 August 2011
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