Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. A highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, passionate conservationist, committed song collector and successful creator of live events. Alongside his organisation, The Nest Collective and fellow collaborators, Sam has shaken up the live music scene breaking the boundaries between folk and contemporary music and the assumed place and way folksong is heard. He’s injected a renewed passion into this old material, helping to develop its ecosystem by not only inviting in a new listenership but also interrogating what the messages in these old songs hold for us today. With his latest critically acclaimed album, ‘Old Wow’, he’s summoned up a truly compelling and emotional album that takes his work to yet another level. Likewise in 2021, Sam releases his debut novel 'The Nightingale, notes on a songbird' telling the epic tale of this highly endangered bird and its place in culture folklore, folksong, music and literature throughout the millennia.
“‘Big Bang Bomb Site’ was written for the stars while under them looking up. Crafted late one night contemplating the narratives and songs our ancestors have spun to help interpret the wondrous chaos of billions of years of matter exploded across our ‘skylight' and the moon that rolls her path through it. It’s a wonder how these constellations and their origin stories have defined who we are and how to be human. What have these stars taught us is how to chart our lives on earth while prompting us to speculate our reasons for being here. This song is a meditation on, and a thank you gift to, the sky at night.”