‘Highly recommended’ ★★★★★ Independent on Sunday
‘Brings freshness to songwriting’ ★★★★ Telegraph
★★★★ The Morning Star
Scottish singer-songwriter SAMANTHA WHATES is a hugely respected figure on the London roots scene. Her beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is both thoroughly contemporary and rooted in tradition, and uniquely her own. She was recently a key member of Rough Trade Records signings Picapica with her long time friend and collaborator Josienne Clarke. Her debut album Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days and current album ‘Waiting Rooms’ have both enjoyed both critical acclaim and extensive radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).
NEW ROOTS is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk and contemporary roots music scene. It’s committed to providing artists with an environment that is sympathetic to what they do, giving musicians the respect they and their music deserve – for this reason we ask for no talking and no use of mobile phones while artists are performing. Our music policy comes from the kitchen table, the roots of public performance- intimate, acoustic based, high quality musicianship with as little interference between performer and listener as possible.
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