SAM CARTER: ‘Sam Carter is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection’ Songlines

‘[Home Waters is] an album full of quiet pleasures, made by a musician at the top of his game’ R2 Magazine.

Midlands-born guitarist and songwriter Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances. He is a highly-regarded instrumentalist, renowned by many as ‘the finest English-style fingerpicking guitarist of his generation’ (Jon Boden). Over the past fifteen years, Sam has toured the world, won a BBC Folk Award and made appearances on national TV, including a spellbinding performance on Later… with Jools Holland. Sam has recorded and performed with some of folk’s leading lights, including Richard Thompson, Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr.

When Sam Carter envisioned his fourth album Home Waters as ‘a search for a sense of belonging and stability in unfamiliar territory’, he couldn’t have known how prescient that would turn out to be. Recorded pre-pandemic in a converted church in rural Northumberland by producer and multi-instrumentalist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing, Andy May Trio), Sam’s live acoustic guitar and vocals sit at the heart of the album. Many of his performances were left unadorned, while Stephenson’s cinematic string arrangements created the rich emotional landscapes on other tracks. Released during lockdown in May 2020, Home Waters brought solace to many and was heralded as ‘an album full of quiet pleasures by a musician at the top of his game’ (R2 Magazine).

Sam embarked on the first leg of the long-awaited Home Waters tour in autumn 2021, performing to enthralled audiences accompanied by the specially-assembled Home Waters String Quartet. The tour coincided with the release of the album Home Waters Live and the premiere of the accompanying lockdown concert film Home Waters In Concert, which featured among Bandcamp’s monthly round-up of streamed concert highlights. This spring, Sam will complete the Home Waters tour with a selection of intimate solo dates and a re-streaming of the acclaimed Home Waters In Concert.