More For To Rise (EP)

Sam Lee & Friends

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Folk, Singer Songwriter
The Nest Collective
May 12, 2014

Format: Compact Disc



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You can purchase the EP along with his hit album "Ground Of Its Own" as part of a specially priced CD or LP bundle.

In 2012 a pioneering, charismatic, provocateur burst onto the music scene with a memorable debut album of depth and vitality. Sam Lee's 'Ground Of Its Own' garnered considerable acclaim as well as three BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and Mercury Music Prize nominations and fRoots Magazine Album of the Year.

Since then, Sam has continued to reinterpret the stories and songs of the Scottish, Irish Traveller and English Gypsy community. With his band, The Friends, their unique sound has led to collaborations with Secret Cinema & Laura Marling, a feature in Vogue, talks at 5 x 15, a regular show on Resonance FM and an appearance in the BBC's Peaky Blinders - all of which have pushed him and his band into new and uncharted territories where they have flourished. Tours in Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, across Europe and the UK have also exposed Sam and his band to countless new and exciting musical influences.

Ahead of the release of his much anticipated second album this October, Sam Lee and Friends release a taster 4-track EP in May, 'More For To Rise'. These striking tracks have been developed from songs collected by Sam Lee from diverse parts of the Gypsy and Traveller community. 'More For To Rise' was recorded at Imogen Heap's studio and produced by Penguin Café's - Arthur Jeffes.

Over Yonders Hill - Over Yonders Hill was learnt from the renowned Birch Family of Cornwall and augmented with elements from the much celebrated Gypsy singer Freda Black. The haunting, hypnotic song is of a woman lamenting over her cruel mistreatment by a man with golden eyes and her eventual demise.

Airdog - Airdog is a song of celebration but it's also a requiem concerning the perennial theme of the ritualistic hunting of the Hare; a love song to the animal and yet a cathartic treaty on the paradox of having to kill the creature you love in order to survive. It's also a song about the fecundity of the land, the ceremony of life in rhythm with the land. Sam learnt this song from The Smiths, a Gloucestershire Gypsy family.

Phoenix Island - This haunting song comes from the Delaney Family who live in the less than bucolic Traveller site under the Shepherds Bush A40 flyover. It's a song that Sam has recorded several times but only ever from Irish Travellers and one he believes speaks of the fight, as he puts it "for cultural survival when society around is forcing you to resign your way of life"

Moorlough Maggie - Moorlough Maggie is a particularly special song as Sam was taught it by his mentor and teacher, the now Legendary Scots Traveller singer, Stanley Robertson. It is a love song and a lullaby. Stanley said that he was called on to sing it when he was a child around the camp fire as the last song of the night and as a farewell to the fire.

Brimming with characteristic colour and sumptuous instrumentals, 'More For To Rise' will be released on 12th May and supports a series of dates around the UK including London's Queen Elizabeth Halls, Southbank, on 29th May.

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Catalogue number TNCR002CD
Barcode 5052442005353
Number of items 1
Packaging type Slip Sleeve
Imported No
Weight 26g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 4mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Over Yonders Hill -
2. Airdog -
3. Phoenix Island -
4. Moorlough Maggie -