Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys Nominated For BBC Radio 2 Folk Award!

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Best Group Nomination for Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Fantastic news coming from Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, who have been nominated for Best Group at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards! This success is greatly deserved, after the popularity of their latest album Pretty Peggy and their grit and determination over the past year to play to a number of crowds around the UK.

After quickly establishing an enviable reputation for charismatic live shows, his first album, The Lost Boys, lit the blue touch paper and set off the fireworks, earning him a session spot on the Radio 2 Folk Show and the Horizon Award for emerging artists at the 2016 Radio 2 Folk Awards. For that album, Sam enhanced the live trio (featuring  Jamie Francis (banjo) and Evan Carson (Drums)) by bringing in Ciaran Algar (fiddle) and Graham Coe (cello). After enlisting the expertise of Toby Shaer (woodwind) and Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon), Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys were born, and on October 6th their new album, Pretty Peggy, was released.

Their latest video is for the track When The Reivers Call. The song was written by the bands banjo maestro Jamie Francis and was inspired by stories of the Scottish/English border ‘reiving’ or border raiding in the middle ages:

When The Reivers Call, is a Borderland tale of action and adventure where a cello inspired beat contrasts with Sam’s almost whispered vocal. A clever change in timing leads to a bass-driven battle scene that closes with the sound of a hundred bow-strings.

Take a listen to Pretty Peggy here:

The band have a UK tour planned for march and we couldn’t recommend going to see them more! Let them show you why they should win this award!

1 March 2018 – Didcot, Cornerstone Arts
2 March 2018 – Spalding, South Holland Centre
3 March 2018 – Derby, Derby Live
4 March 2018 – London, The Slaughtered Lamb
5 March 2018 – Cambridge, The Junction
6 March 2018 – Bristol, Wardrobe Theatre
7 March 2018 – Truro, Old Bakery Studios
8 March 2018 – Liverpool, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
9 March 2018 – Morecambe, The Platform
10 March 2018 – Southport, Atkinson Arts Centre
11 March 2018 – Exeter, Phoenix
12 March 2018 – Hereford, Courtyard Theatre – Hereford