NEW ROOTS PRESENTS…. MG Boulter + Samantha Whates + Dietrich Strause

M G BOULTER is a singer and songwriter living on the coast of the Thames Estuary, England. He leads the highly respected UK roots band The Lucky Strikes, and as a much sought after pedal steel and guitar player has worked with Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), and has been a member of US groups The Duke and the King and The Simone Felice Group (The Felice Brothers). He is currently touring in Emily Portman’s Coracle Band and Blue Rose Code.

“Gorgeous, in a word” **** Uncut

“Highly Recommended” ***** Independent on Sunday

“Lovely.. ” **** Mojo

“Brings freshness to songwriting” **** Telegraph

“The best of 2016, no contest” ***** The Morning Star

SAMANTHA WHATES is a London based singer and songwriter. Her 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 sharing the bill with Olivia Chaney Kings Place in May, and the Purcell Rooms in the Royal Festival Hall with Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. 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, otherworldy…absorbing. The ghosts of Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan and Suzanne Vega whisper their presence.” FATEA Magazine


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. 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 traditional folk, indie folk, alt-folk, chamber folk, country blues, Americana, alt-country, old-time rhythm & blues, gypsy jazz, honky-tonk, klezmer, world music, modern classical music and all points in between.