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The Nest Collective

Thursday, 20 April 2017 at 20:00 - Friday, 28 April 2017 at 23:00 (BST)


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2017 sees our experience expand into 3 new sites in Essex, Kent and Cambridgeshire, on top of the regular Sussex site for a range of immersive guidings, offering a deeply wondrous, romantic and potent experience like no other.

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Spring 2017
Strictly Limited to 25 places per night
Secret Location TBC
7pm until midnight

Join folk singer Sam Lee and other celebrated musicians for a very intimate journey deep into the Springtime Sussex forest to experience the rare and intoxicating song of the Nightingale, be regaled with songs, stories, folklore and ornithological wisdom on this magical bird. Included in the evening will be a gourmet backwoods feast round an open fire and music from some extremely special guest artists. 


More info about The Nightingales

For a few short weeks from mid April onwards a few thousand Nightingales annually fly to the southern UK from the Central African forests and can be heard, in a just few special locations, taking up sonorous residence after dusk. The male birds territorially serenade about the scrubs and field margins with their magnificent and highly venerated song. Folk singer, song collector and nature lover Sam Lee has built a reputation of celebrating this ‘very African bird’ with his annual sell out excursions. This year he invites you not just the chance to listen to these birds in ear tinglingly close proximity but to share his own fund of rare songs and improvised collaboration along with some very special guest musicians. Sam’s 2014 BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘Singing with the Nightingales’ was nominated for a BBC Radio Award in 2015 and this year he returns for a few special nights of immersive guidings offering a deeply wondrous, romantic and very potent experience like no other.

Do you have questions about SAM LEE’S SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES 2017? Contact The Nest Collective

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United Kingdom

Thursday, 20 April 2017 at 20:00 - Friday, 28 April 2017 at 23:00 (BST)

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The Nest Collective

The Nest Collective, BBC Folk Club of 2010, is an folk club pushing the musical boundaries within the promotion of folk, world and traditional music. Formed in 2006 by Mercury nominated singer Sam Lee, it hosts a multitude of show types hosting emerging and established artists alike. Our concerts navigate our diverse listenership towards music that both pushes boundaries alongside music that has resisted change staying true to an ancient way. The Nest prides itself on bringing together these ‘from the source’ inspired artists as well as radically minded British and worldwide creatives alike to meet audiences thirsting for the rare and rooted and a music industry keen to see whats next to come in or simply ‘hasn’t disappeared’.

The last 10 years have seen an incredible tidal change in appreciation of Folk Music as an art form now accepted on the cultural main stage. The Nest Collective (formally the Magpie’s Nest) from very humble beginnings has charted this resurgence in a unique way seeking the unusual, the overlooked and often the very best in New Folk, Old Folk and No Folk.

The club has become a barometer of this current revival working on both a community level with regular intimate shows to programming large events in many of the major London venues including the Southbank Center, The Roundhouse, The Foundling Museum, Kings Place, Modern Art Oxford, The Royal Academy of Arts, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern & Britain, National Maritime Museum, London Museum and Cecil Sharp House. We curate annual stages at many major UK festivals including Shambala, Cambridge Folk Festival, Festival No6, Port Elliot, How The Light Gets In, The Vault Festival and Land of Kings alongside programming music industry events from showcase nights to seminars aimed at professionalising folk musicians.

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