Brighton Festival 2019Public booking opens: Fri 24 Feb, 9am

Sussex folk songs the inspiration for one of this week’s special shows

Sam Lee is taking folk back to its roots, and is redefining contemporary folksong in the process. He arrives for his Brighton Festival show this Tuesday at 9pm at All Saints Church in Hove.

Both a singer and a collector of songs, he has spent years searching the country for the Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities, who have passed their songs down the generations for centuries – and gathered the songs that they have sung for him. Many of the songs to be played infact are descended from Sussex.

This collection formed the basis for his Mercury Music Prize- nominated debut album Ground of Its Own last year.

Sam Lee said, “Members of the gypsy community were not aware of how important the songs are to somebody like myself – although a lot of families are aware they are special and come from a time and way of life that doesn’t exist any more. “

“They say the world loses a language every two weeks,” says Lee. “It’s exactly the same [with songs] – they are little languages and melodies, beautiful rare endangered species which can be revived to some extent.”

Come see something special that’s been saved by Sam! Support comes from Thomas McCarthy.