NEW ROOTS PRESENTS…. Samantha Whates / Adam Beattie (double bill)

SAMANTHA WHATES‘ beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition, yet uniquely her own. Recent performances include Kings Place in May and the Purcell Rooms in the Royal Festival Hall. She recently released her debut Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days which has been enjoying both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM).

“Her songs made my evening, a rare treat” – James Yorkston
“Just gorgeous” – Tom Robinson BBC 6Music
“Understated, otherworldly…absorbing. The ghosts of Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan and Suzanne Vega whisper their presence.” FATEA Magazine

Scottish singer songwriter ADAM BEATTIE released his fourth studio album ‘The Road Not Taken’ in May this year with a sell-out show at Hoxton Hall in London and a UK-wide tour. The album’s minor ballads and moody blues with a dark twist draw upon the broad influences of Celtic folk, American blues, country and early jazz balladry. Beattie’s beautiful melodies combine with thoughtful lyrics to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. In December 2016 he was invited by Mark Rylance and Brian Eno to perform his song “I’m On Yoir Side’ at the Stop The War Christmas Fundraiser.
‘Incredibly Beautiful’ – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
‘A great ear for melody and a natural talent for lyric writing’ – Bruce MacGregor, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
‘Carefully crafted, gently affecting songwriting with a dark twist’ – Roddy Hart, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND


New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK roots 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 deserves- 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. We find that in folk, alt-folk,, indie folk, alt-folk, chamber folk, country blues, Americana, alt-country, old-time rhythm & blues, gypsy jazz, honky-tonk, klezmer, world music, contemporary classical music and all points in between.