New Roots presents… M G Boulter and Samantha Whates
M G BOULTER is a singer and songwriter living on the coast of the Thames Estuary, England. Releasing his debut album in Spring 2012 under the name The Whispering Pines, Boulter has been an integral member of leading UK Americana band The Lucky Strikes since 2007, starting out on bass before switching to guitar and vocals, as well as penning much of their material. Since accompanying Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) on various dates including a prestigious Green Man Festival headline set in 2011, Boulter has become a full member of The Simone Felice Band, touring the US and UK, also opening shows as solo performer. As a much sought after pedal steel and guitar player he has also worked with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Mumford & Sons, Emily Portman’s Coracle Band and Blue Rose Code.
‘Gorgeous, in a word’ ★★★★ Uncut
‘Highly recommended’ ★★★★★ Independent on Sunday
‘Brings freshness to songwriting’ ★★★★ Telegraph
★★★★ Mojo
★★★★ 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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