Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Sept sees him make his UK debut with his new single Ain’t We Brothers as well as supporting Peggy Seeger on UK dates this Autumn.
15th London, Cecil Sharp House / 16th Ashcroft, Arts Centre
21st Stroud, The Convent / 22nd Bristol, Lantern @ Colston Hall
23rd Bridgewater, Arts Centre / 24th Great Torrington, Plough Arts
25th Penzance, St Mary’s Church / 27th Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
30th Otley Courthouse
1st Derby Live Festival / 2nd Selby Town Hall
Under the direction of local teacher and barber Jim Lloyd, Sam took up stringband instruments as a teenager, including the banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp and dulcimer. With his mentor ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, Sam found his voice and fell in love with the mountain love songs, which he carries into his generation with pride. Sam’s performances combine traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs and the stories that surround the music.
Sam earned a degree in Folklore from Berea College and performed for four years with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Al White. With that band and as a solo artist, Sam has toured extensively, performing at U.S. venues such as Mountain Stage and the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and abroad in Ireland, England, Canada and Japan. Sam writes new songs in the Appalachian tradition, telling stories about love, the home place, working people and present social issues in the mountains. Sam’s music has been featured by National Public Radio, Kentucky Educational Television, No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, KEXP, Exclaim!, Sing Out!, The Bitter Southerner, and Still Journal.
Ain’t We Brothers was Sam’s debut record of original songs, released in the US in November, 2015. Produced by Cathy Fink, AIN’T WE BROTHERS also features guest artists Janis Ian, Tim O’Brien, Laurie Lewis, Marcy Marxer, Tyler Hughes and others.