So, just who is Sam Brookes, well, he's been busy touring with Newton Faulkner, he's sung for the Queen, and now YOU get the opportunity to see him perform in a very intimate and cosy setting as he takes to the stage alongside his full band.
With support from the super talented bluegrass slide guitar hero Sam Green, well known for fronting the sensational 'Sam Green & the Midnight Heist' plus, local legend Michael Collings who shot to fame when his cover of Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' won him 3rd place in 2011 on the ITV entertainment show 'Britain's Got Talent'. He's been busy writing his own music and will be showcasing it especially for you!
Sam Brookes is a seasoned veteran of the live music circuit. Not your stereotypical ‘folk bard ‘ his love of singing and performing has been evolving since his days as a chorister, singing for the Queen at her private Chapel in Great Windsor Park; add to this his training as a gilder and Sam already stands apart from his contemporaries.
Brought up in a creative family, his love of music was encouraged from a very early age. He attributes influences such as Joni Mitchell, Bert Jansch and Davy Graham to his father as well as more recent influences: ‘Travis’ and ‘The La’s’ to his own musical journey of discovery. His upbringing in a sleepy Wiltshire Town couldn't have been more different to the frenetic pace of life in London, where he has spent the last 4 years of his life. Both have impacted greatly on his career and contributed to his musical style. Sam has become part of the burgeoning folk scene gigging in and around London to an ever increasing audience of enthusiasts.
Sam cites his training as a gilder as a positive influence on his guitar playing as well as his approach to song writing. ‘I approach my music with the same ethic I held whilst gilding - working hard to create something beautiful’
These influences amalgamate in Sam’s songs to create something truly unique. He sees himself, first and foremost, as a storyteller who claims John Steinbeck as one of his major influences. His songs are, fundamentally, beautifully crafted stories about familiar subject matters which captivate the listener. Musically, his immaculate phrasing and beautifully modulated delivery reach easily beneath the skin of his audience; the magical space he creates, with the elasticity of his writing, has the echoes and jazz arches of giants like John Martyn and Tim Buckley.
His self titled release produced by Chris Hughes (Tears for Fears, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney) bought him recognition in the form of high profile support slots with Joan Armatrading, Ray Davies and Newton Faulkner; this combined with an entrepreneurial spirit and a close kinship with other musicians such as Lucy Rose, Pete Roe and Emily & The Woods has allowed his live and recorded sound to evolve in to a more powerful and provocative body of work. Thoughtful lyrics add poetry to his tracks, something that sets his work apart in an increasingly saturated area of music.
The Loft Sessions are professionally recorded and photographed in the front of a live audience, in what could be the most beautiful venue in Devon. Set in a medieval barn overlooking the Devon hills, there is nothing else like it in the UK! Described by BBC Introducing as "The BEST gig in Devon!"
Here are just a few features of WHY The Loft Live Sessions keep attracting people back time and time again...
- They operate a strict "Shhhhhh artist performing policy' The Sessions are a listening environment for music enthusiasts and respected musicians.
- Intimate surroundings making for a truly magical experience
- As always, luxury canapes served by the award winning La Cantina Street Kitchen (they ARE very good!)
- Well stocked bar with some amazing local ales, lagers and ciders provided by Higher Eggbeer Farm
- Parking is FREE
So, you've got my attention, I MUST GO, when and where is this happening?
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 from 19:30 to 22:30 (BST) - Add to Calendar
Higher Eggbeer Farm - Cheriton Bishop, Exeter, EX6 6JQ - View Map
Available HERE while stocks last!