New Roots presents…. Samantha Whates + Adam Beattie


Scottish singer songwriter Adam Beattie released his fourth studio album ‘The Road Not Taken’ in May 2016 with a sell-out show at Hoxton Hall in London and a UK-wide tour. Like the lost love-child of Tom Waits and Chet Baker, Beattie’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, his immaculate melodies combining with a poet’s ear for observation to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. In December 2016 he was invited by long time fan Mark Rylance to perform at a Stop The War Coalition evening alongside Jeremy Corbyn and Brian Eno.

‘Incredibly beautiful’ Mary Ann Hobbs, BBC Radio 2

“Carefully crafted…affecting songwriting with a dark twist” – Roddy Hart, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

“I’m blown away by that man’s voice” – Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, BBC RADIO WALES

“Not a single word is wasted, unnecessary or throwaway…very impressive.”

“Warmly Intoxicating” – FROOTS MAGAZINE


Scottish singer-songwriter Samantha Whates is a hugely respected artist on the London roots scene. 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. She recently formed the duo Picapica with her long time friend and collaborator Josienne Clarke, winner of the prestigious Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015. Recent performances include Kings Place 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).

Plus Special Guest…. PINEY GIR
Legendary London-based American artist Piney Gir (‘the Indie Dolly Parton’) is a musical institution- her songs have appeared in everything from Gray’s Anatomy, Being Human and Made In Chelsea, to feature films Nina Forever and American Girl. She’s a veteran of the festival circuit, from Glastonbury and CMJ to South by Southwest, and has collaborated with members of Stereolab, British Sea Power, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Simple Kid. She’ll be singing some of her favourie Christmas songs with long-time friend and musical accomplice Samantha Whates tonight- a real Christmas treat!


New Roots is committed to promoting events that shine a light on up and coming talent in the UK alt-folk 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.

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