Spotlight On: Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys
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Quite simply put, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys are one of the best up and coming folk acts in the UK right now, and critics agree. Sam was allocated the Horizon Award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards back in 2016 for “pushing new boundaries”, and reviews of their second album have concurred that the band have “blazed a trail in the folk field”. They synthesize both traditional folk elements and the vibrant energy of rock music, switching out an electric guitar for a banjo.
Though Sam’s name is the first thing you see, he’s not the only remarkable part of the union. Jamie Francis is outstanding on the aforementioned banjo, which helps to add an edge to their folk sound. Toby Shaer plays an insurmountable number of instruments, which contributes variety and layers of complexity to their tracks. Graham Coe’s cello bestows a haunting lilt to many of the songs on the new album, notably the deliciously dark ‘The Shining Ship’. Ciaran Algar, Evan Carson and Archie Moss round out the group, each adding yet more skilful elements to the mix.
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