|Friday 08 November 2019 @ 09:00pm : -
Steeped in Folk storytelling tradition, Sam Jefferson draws equally from his family’s Jazz and Blues background to create songs that ‘…bring a story to life’ (BBC Radio Sheffield).
Since moving to Manchester in September, Sam has laid out his unique fusion of Folk and Blues with concerts that include supporting Ralph McTell at his RNCM concert, earning Ralph’s praise of ‘Outstanding musicianship’ and opening the 2018 Manchester Jazz Festival; an appearance that lead to a monthly residency at Matt & Phreds Jazz Club.
‘Sing Beneath The Sun’, Sam’s latest album, has earned him concert performances at Imperial War Museum North in July to launch their new WWI exhibition, in Ypres with the Royal British Legion, and on the main stage at Broadstairs Folk Week.
The album is comprised of 10 original songs, inspired by the lives of his great-grandparents, Jim and Edith-Maude Marshall, who worked at Gawber Colliery and Staincross Cotton Mill respectively. Many songs on the album also tell the stories behind photographs Jim sent back during the War. Each song is an insight into harsh, austere, yet inspiring lives.
"It was a pleasure to work with a young musician of such maturity humility and ability" ~ Ralph McTell
"...Really fine picking, voice, and songwriting. Sam is carrying the Blues on in his own way." ~ Toby Walker
"…A truly personal approach to the rich blues and folk traditions." ~ Brighton Unsigned