Ground Of Its Own

Sam Lee

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The Nest Collective
June 25, 2012

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Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize nominated Albums of the Year (2012).

'Ground of Its Own' is the critically acclaimed and stunning debut release by Sam Lee, a young musician who is busy forging a unique path in the future of folk song.

The new album from singer Sam Lee is a work several years in conception which brings together a multitude of experiences and influences for a musician who has cut an unique course in his artistic development. This 8-track release with mixes done by the legendary John Wood (of Nick Drake fame) comprises material gleaned from years of research and exploration into the forgotten songs and sounds of these Isles.

'Ground Of Its Own' brings together songs directly sourced from English Gypsy and Irish and Scottish Traveller communities until now unheard in the wider music world. Sam's time has been spent learning their characterful and inimitable singing styles, and deep knowledge of the land and the relationships these songs have with their history and ancestry. With this experience at the albums core, many of our indigenous musical principals - such as traditional song having pulse but not always rhythm - have helped create a contemporary idea of how future folk music might sound.

What 'Ground Of Its Own' sets out is a new method for the interpretation of folk song which seeks to honour this rich native art form whilst marrying it to a resourceful, contemporary approach that explores the tapestries of lost sounds and new sounds that surround us always. Expect compositions filled with Jew's Harps, Hangs, Hammer Dulcimers, Alpine Horns, Auto Harps, Shruti Boxes and Gas Cylinders amongst many others but ultimately the voice and Sam's passion for breathing new life in to these jewels on our doorstep. All combined, what is created is an album of depth and vitality that reaches to the absolute heart of the tradition in a respectful but highly modern manner.

With confirmed appearances in 2012 at Camden Crawl at The Roundhouse, Kings Place, Celebrating Sanctuary, Lattitude and Secret Garden festivals to look forward to, Sam will launch 'Ground of Its Own' on 27th June on home ground at The Old Queen's Head in Islington, London. This versatile, pioneering, charismatic, provocateur has created a memorable album of depth and vitality.

Press Quotes

"Well it feels like its been a long time coming but here at last is somebody doing really creative things with traditional English folk song. From the ground breaking new album."

Verity Sharp, Radio 3 Late Junction

"It demands patient attention but it's an album of unusual dignity and immense beauty".

MOJO (4*)

"A dream-like quality that's as rare as it is compelling"


"Lee's album is tremendous, blessed with courtly, uncanny, subtly radical treatments. sounding at once ancient and, in a relatively original way, contemporary".


"Sam's extraordinary and wonderful debut album."

Songlines (5*)

"an impressively brave and original set"

Guardian (4*)

"Lee's voice captures the mythic charm of these songs, but it's his arrangements, at once vivid yet shrouded, which set Ground of Its Own apart".

Independent (4*)

"It's downbeat, trancelike mood is unwavering, the album has a gentle, insistent power"

Observer (4*)

"Ground of Its Own is wonderful. The singing is sublime and exquisite! It's gentle and despairing, trancelike and tender. Strokes of genius there I think!"

Shirley Collins

"A wonderful singer and fascinating character. He's working with musicians in a very interesting and unusual way, his arrangements are unlike anything anyone has ever really heard before"

Joe Boyd

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Key Value
Catalogue number TNCR001CD
Barcode 5052442001911
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 52g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 120mm x 5mm x 140mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. The Ballad Of George Collins -
2. On Yonder Hill -
3. Wild Wood Amber -
4. Goodbye My Darling -
5. The Jew's Garden -
6. The Tan Yard Side -
7. Northlands -
8. My Ausheen 'My Old Shoes' -