The London Folk & Roots Festival * Introducing Night with Samantha Whates & Elliott Morris
Entry Requirements: 18+
SAMANTHA WHATES A regular live performer, Samantha has played throughout the UK & Europe, from small town pubs to large festivals and major London venues (Union Chapel, Cecil Sharp House, Royal Festival Hall, Green Man 2017, Festival No.6 2017, Folk Alliance International 2017).
Samantha has been bewitching audiences with her crystalline voice and unique take on folk music since her 2012 debut ‘Dark nights make for brighter days’. The emotionally tangled but toe-tapping ‘Trees and Gold’ 10” EP followed in 2015, a prog-folky two hander that proved a hit with Jarvis Cocker and his BBC6 show. As the tumultuous year 2016 drew to a close she kept the doors and windows shut tight to finish writing and demo-ing a second album due to be completed during 2017.
ELLIOTT MORRIS With hundreds of gigs behind him – and a coveted Danny Kyle Award from Celtic Connections 2013 – Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.
The singer-songwriter, featured in Acoustic magazine as ‘The Next Big Thing’, taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an intricate spectacle, together with an original and unique sound integral to his songs.
Half English, half Scottish and raised in Wales and Lincolnshire, Elliott is continuing this journey by means of his almost constant touring schedule. He plays across the British Isles, from Orkney to Plymouth, Boston to Llangrannog, Belfast to Clonakilty.
Elliott’s original compositions marry intricate guitar lines with heartfelt, honest vocals and clever wordplay, combining elements of folk, roots, jazz and country, all the time embracing the traditional and the contemporary.
Elliott has honed his craft on the road, regularly clocking up 120+ gigs a year. He has headlined in Germany, Holland, Ireland and Upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, as well as performing at major festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival, Hop Farm, Towersey Festival, The London Acoustic Guitar Show and the Ullapool Guitar Festival. He scooped a prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, and last year BBC Alba broadcast a duo performance with Dougie Maclean at Perthshire Amber.