How many traditional English folk singers do you know who come from North London, studied at Chelsea School of Art, worked as a forager and wilderness expert while moonlighting as a burlesque dancer – until a chance encounter led to the door of the great Scottish Traveller singer Stanley Robertson, and an extraordinary four-year apprenticeship into the arcane, living world of traditional song that few outside the Traveller and Gypsy communities have ever experienced?
Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector. He’s also been the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, founder of the vital Song Collectors’ Collective, and the originator of Singing With Nightingales.
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Composer and clarinettist David has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years.
Tom has been ‘resident ornithologist’ for ‘Singing with Nightingales’ for the last two years. He will be sharing his lifelong passion for birds again in 2017, leading appetite-whetting bird-song walks and introducing participants to the life of Nightingales.
Malcolm is a storyteller who has a particular love for the wild things of this world, weaving his knowledge and experience of the earth and its life into his tales.