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Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Scottish singer songwriter Adam Beattie released his fourth studio album ‘The Road Not Taken’ in May 2016 with a sell-out show at Hoxton Hall in London and a UK-wide tour. Like the lost love-child of Tom Waits and Chet Baker, Beattie's minor ballads and moody blues with a dark twist draw upon the broad influences of Celtic folk, American blues, country and early jazz balladry, his immaculate melodies combining with a poet's ear for observation to tackle themes of life, love, death and hope. In December 2016 he was invited by long time fan Mark Rylance to perform at a Stop The War Coalition evening alongside Jeremy Corbyn and Brian Eno. 'Incredibly beautiful' Mary Ann Hobbs, BBC Radio 2 "Carefully crafted...affecting songwriting with a dark twist" - Roddy Hart, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND "I'm blown away by that man's voice" – Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, BBC RADIO WALES “Not a single word is wasted, unnecessary or throwaway...very impressive.” FATEA MAGAZINE “Warmly Intoxicating” - FROOTS MAGAZINE WATCH ADAM BEATTIE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2mecwEwl68 Scottish singer-songwriter and Rough Trade Records recording artist Samantha Whates is a hugely respected figure on the London roots scene. Her beautifully crafted, poetic songs retain a strong affinity with her Scottish roots, cultivating a sound that is thoroughly contemporary, rooted in tradition, yet uniquely her own. She recently formed the duo Picapica with her long time friend and collaborator Josienne Clarke, winner of the prestigious Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015. Recent performances include Kings Place and the Purcell Rooms in the Royal Festival Hall. She recently released her debut Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days which has been enjoying both critical acclaim and radio play (BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Resonance FM). WATCH SAMANTHA WHATES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhiTZ9zggyo