Blue House Music presents…

“… a childlike fragility that makes the songs sound like whimsical folk for fairy tales with a sinister undertow. Her voice – weary but cute, with the power to cut through – is perfect; she sounds like the young narrator of her own magical-malevolent fantasies…”
The Guardian

“Bewitching acid folk with a deeply personal edge.”
Clash Magazine

“charming, delicate and forceful in almost equal measure…” Folkgeek


Samantha Whates is a London based singer and songwriter. Based in the capital since her teens, her heart, voice and songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition yet uniquely her own.

A regular live performer, Samantha has played throughout the UK from small town pubs to large festivals and major London venues (Union Chapel, Cecil Sharp House, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, Roundhouse).  Her debut album, ‘Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days’ & EP ‘Trees & Gold’, enjoyed both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, Radio 2, KCRW, Resonance FM).

“The most beautiful album…”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Just gorgeous”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

“Her songs are hauntingly beautiful”
Kathryn Williams