You may well recognise our first artist playing for Bloom Sessions at Wharf Chambers in September! She’s been a regular at Sela Bar, as well as busking on the streets across Leeds and recently played NYMAZ’s Rural Fest 2021. However, if you’ve been unlucky enough to miss out, don’t worry… we’ve got you – Sam Brown will be joining us on September 29th!
Sam is a violinist studying jazz at Leeds Conservatoire, having moved here from Hastings on the southeast coast. At 21, she’s already accomplished so much, for example playing Sofar Sounds (aged 17… I know…), releasing an incredible debut EP as well as playing with some fantastic local artists such as TC & the Groove Family. On top of that, Sam’s music has developed a really unique sound, pushing the creative boundaries of their instrument and thriving down the path less travelled.
Their debut project, Loop Sessions: Songs of the Good Old Days, is a powerful instrumental journey with moments of joy, serenity and contemplation (our personal fav is ‘Hope’). Produced by Aidan Ruffle, and with the help of Jake Madhatter, it’s got a folk storytelling sensibility to it, but also still remains true to Sam’s education in jazz – it even got a spin from Mr. Scruff on his Worldwide FM show in March! Speaking on the EP via Facebook, Sam said: “this music was composed with pure magic, emotion and soul. All by myself from all the things I have grown up doing on the violin as a street performer.” Magic is the perfect encapsulation, you don’t need to try hard to imagine this played around a campfire, or by the Edema Ruh in an overgrown copse – it’s got enchantment sewn into the seams!
If you’ve heard Sam play before, you’ll know she’s a sucker for the loop pedal (it takes centre stage in EP). The skill in which she uses this is mesmerising, and resourceful!! Sam pulls together rhythm, texture and melody – all through the same violin. For this reason alone you’ll be transcended by their live performance. If you want a sneaky peek, check out this lush live set she did for Rural Fest 2021!
Leeds is lucky to have such a talented artist like Sam grace the streets, she’s also a big supporter of the local creative scene and we can’t wait to see what she brings to Wharf on the 29th. So go on, why not grab a ticket now?!
Take a listen for yourself!