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In our back beer yard (indoor if the weather is poor)… Sam plays a mixture of traditional and original material but his recorded output has mainly focussed on his own compositions especially in his later works. His style builds on folk music from the British Isles, Ireland, traditional American music as well as more contemporary styles of Rock n Roll and 50s pop music. Sam mainly plays a 12 string guitar although he also has made many recording playing banjo and occasionally electric guitar.
Year Title Label Format Other information
The Yorkshire Rambler E.P. Don't Tell Claire 10" vinyl and CD A six track mini-album
Close To Home YaDig? Records 12" Vinyl
Rock n Roll Hear/16 Coal Black Horses Yadig? Records 10" Vinyl Split EP with The Pine Hill Haints.
Serious Sam Barrett (Self Titled) YaDig? Records 12" Vinyl
The North Country Steed YaDig? Records 12" Vinyl and CD Collaboration with James the Fang
Live at Cafe Lento YaDig? Records CD only Live album with David Broad
AnyRoad YaDig? Records 12" Vinyl and CD
Sam began performing in 2004 in and around Leeds where he quickly gained a loyal following, playing regularly all over England but mainly in Yorkshire and the North. His debut album was released in 2009 and the first pressing sold out in less than a year. The debut album received outstanding reviews in the specialist and more mainstream music press in the UK and internationally including stunning praise from Vinatge Guitar Magazine (USA), Artrocker Magazine, Acoustic magazine and R2 magazine.
All his subsequent releases have been met with similar critical recognition and he has even received praise from National newspapers including the Guardian who awarded him «Pick of the Week» in their entertainment sections on two separate occasions.
Sam played at the internationally renowned South by Southwest music festival in Austin Texas in 2010 and cemented an already growing American fan-base. In 2011 he began getting airplay and praise from National BBC radio and has been played on BBC radio 6 on at least 9 occasions.
His most recent release «AnyRoad» (2014) has been his most critically acclaimed to date having received rave reviews from National prime time BBC radio 6 DJs Marc Riley and Gideon Coe as well as a very favourable mention in UNCUT magazine. In addition to this, «AnyRoad» will appear in the top 20 of the annually published Piccadilly Records end of year review chart booklet. This is a great honour as the booklet has a huge influence as a taste-making document here in the UK and internationally. Picadilly records is a well respected Manchester based independent record store. Sam's releases have also been awarded «record of the week» at another prominent independent record store «Jumbo Records» based in Leeds, UK
Sam has played live performances with some of the most prominent international names in contemporary roots/country/folk music such as: The Felice Brothers, Lucero, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Eagulls, Frank Fairfield, Deer Tick, Charlie Parr, The Dirt Daubers, The Pine Hill Haints and Karine Polwart.