"What an experience; the company, the camp fire, the food, the (human) singing, the woods, the flowers and trees, the stars, the nightingales and other birds singing. Wow! Never to be forgotten" - Colin & Marianne (SWN 2017 attendees)
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.
We invite an eclectic mix of artists working in folk, jazz and classical spheres to perform alongside the Nightingales each night, with your night hosted by one of our pick of raconteurs, naturalists and ornithologists.