Big things on the horizon for Sam Kelly after winning BBC Folk Award


Since the release of his first EP YOUR WAY HOME in 2013, Sam Kelly has been tenaciously and unceremoniously navigating his path towards his goal of a successful future in folk music. Multi-instrumentalist, award-winning vocalist, songwriter and producer; Sam has no shortage of career options or talent.

Sam’s second EP SPOKES brought him to the attention of an international audience after receiving huge airplay support for the crowd-funded and self-promoted release. But is was Sam’s debut album THE LOST BOYS, released in November 2015, that led him to the Horizon Award nomination at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Described as ‘Outstanding.’ by Bright Young Folk, the self-produced album includes both traditional and original songs.

 The Horizon Award recognises the best emerging talent on the UK folk scene. The ceremony took place at the Royal Albert Hall on 27th April. When Sam was announced at the winner he said, “It was just amazing to spend the evening surrounded by all my favourite musicians and to get this level of recognition for an album recorded partly in my mate’s shed, and partly in my mum’s lounge.”

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