American singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Sam Gleaves performs traditional music and original songs, telling the stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia. Born & raised in  Wythe County, Virginia 2016 saw Sam Gleaves release his debut  album Ain’t We Brothers (featuring artists Janis Ian, Tim O’Brien, Laurie Lewis, Marcy Marxer, Tyler Hughes) as well as supporting the legendary Peggy Seeger on her UK dates. He made quite an impact, with BBC Folk radio support from all around the UK and a print feature interview in Rock n Reel magazine. Mike Harding hailed the album as “One of the most beautiful albums I have heard in the last ten years”

Sam has recently joined forces with Tyler Hughes to release their eponymously titled album this June. Now Sam returns to play his first ever solo UK tour this summer with dates that also include Cambridge Folk Festival, Half Moon Putney, Factory Street Bradford  & Tan Hill Swaledale.

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“If a remake of ‘O, Brother!’ is made some decades from now, it is quite likely that Sam Gleaves will be standing where Ralph Stanley stood.” – Gaye Adegbalola, Blues Woman, Blues Music Award Winner.

“Courageous as hell and country to the bone. Varied, intelligent, moving…these songs stay with you.” – Lee Smith, novelist, Queen of Appalachian Literature

“A stunning first album . . . surprising from a 23 year-old still refreshingly wet behind his commercial ears.  I keep very few albums that I’m given.  This one’s a keeper.” – Peggy Seeger, Folk Singer and Songwriter.

Paperback Lovers are an original band of musicians based in Whitby, North Yorkshire. They play their own songs and music born out of a songwriting collaboration between Simon Rupert (Singer/Songwriter with Tuppenny Blue), Kingsley Barlow (Guitarist with Codachrome) and Phil Moore on Keyboards (also of Steve Phillips and The Rough Diamonds). Their debut album SHORT STORIES is due for release August  2017.

Event Details

SAM GLEAVES (USA)  with support – Paperback Lovers

Live at The Coliseum Whitby : Thursday 3rd August  2017

7.30pm doors : £7.50

Tickets from venue, Eventbrite or tel 01947 603475

Musicport present their last gig before this October’s festival and it promises to be a great night.