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Samantha Whates + The Magic Lantern @ St Katharine's Chapel - 22nd June

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Samantha Whates and The Magic Lantern

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The Red Velvet Summer Festival kicks off with an incredible double bill from Samantha Whates and The Magic Lantern.

THE MAGIC LANTERN is the musical moniker of singer-songwriter and composer Jamie Doe, an artist dedicated to remedying the anxiety and fear present in us all. Born in Australia before moving to the UK at 12, he is a part of a thriving scene of musicians who move fluidly between jazz, folk and contemporary classical music to carve out a space of their own.

His most recent EP ‘My Soul Is A Strange Country’ is a collection for solo piano and was initially written as private responses to the emotional upheaval of the last eighteen months. The six compositions that make up ‘My Soul Is A Strange Country’ draw on Jamie’s love of jazz piano, particularly the contemplative pianism of Bill Evans and the harmonic approach of composers such as Debussy and Ravel. The result is a study in masculine vulnerability and power of using space to convey the yawning depth of what’s been lost, among the fragile beauty of what remains.

The Magic Lantern is currently recording his fourth album of songs due in Autumn 2021.

Press Quotes:

“Excellent, intriguing and compelling, a man to watch.” - The Guardian

“ Ooh that’s beautiful isn’t it?” - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Extraordinary. Beautiful poised singing, amazing lyrics and hypnotic production" - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

"Gorgeous, beautiful. This stopped me in my tracks. Slightly surreal, in all the right ways" Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

“Dreamy, beautiful. Something very, very special." Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music

“An exciting new talent” - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

"Bitter sweet, beautiful music" - Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

Bandcamp: https://themagiclantern.bandcamp.com

SAMANTHA WHATES

With Scottish roots, transplanted into London’s soil in her teenage years, Samantha Whates is a cosmopolitan Celt with equal parts concrete and heather to her music. In her songs, you’re as likely to hear the breaking of day as you are broken hearts slowly mending, or just the conversational musings of people on their lunch break. All shades of human experience are subtly blended. Samantha’s delivery is smoothly Scottish to its core. Urban and urbane, you’ll hear the timeless qualities in her songs that reflect the existences of real-life which folk ought to possess.

On Dec 11th 2020 Whates will release the coveted vinyl for her second album Waiting Rooms, which was recorded live in a variety of emotionally-charged locations, all waiting rooms, across the UK. Each space brought something new to the process, the end product of which is a field recording opus, as well as just reward for an epic emotional/logistical challenge, held together with the warp and weft of Samantha’s deft voice and her intuitive lyrics.

This release comes fresh off the back of Whates signing to Rough Trade Records after forming the quartet PicaPica, produced by Grammy nominated producer Sonny Johns, and sharing vocal duties with BBC Folk Singer Of The Year Josienne Clarke. They released the EP Spring & Shade in late 2018 and followed with their debut LP, Together & Apart earlier in 2019. Cambridge Folk Festival and Purbeck Folk Festival had the dulcet pleasures of the band’s twinned voices and their compositional acumen this summer.

Samantha’s live show lends itself to venues of any size, from the back room of a small-town pub to the largest of festivals and major London venues (Union Chapel, Cecil Sharp House, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, Roundhouse). Her debut album, Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days & EP Trees & Gold, earned radio play transcending pure folk shows (BBC 6Music, Radio 2, Resonance FM, Soho Radio), as well as praise from a reassuringly large body of people who know their onions.

4**** mojo

“The most beautiful album...” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

"Just gorgeous" Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

"I love her voice" Dolly Parton

"Her songs are hauntingly beautiful” Kathryn Williams

“A lovely surprise, her presence and songs made my evening a rare treat” James Yorkston

"Whates is one of the true geniuses of the London scene" Fiona Bevan

8/10 “Sublimely crafted concept folk” Louder than War

“Bands attempt this for years, PicaPica nail it on their first try” Spill Magazine

“Rarely sounding less than stunning" music OMH

8/10 gigwise

“Cannot be praised highly enough” Folk Radio UK

“prepare to be captivated” Fatea

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