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Sam Lee burst onto the music scene in 2012 with his aptly named debut album, ‘Ground of its Own’. This startlingly original work garnered instant acclaim, an Album of the Year nomination from the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, three BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations and was awarded Roots Magazine Album of the Year. The recording was a musical manifesto, reflecting the unusual artistic journey Sam has taken so far. His impact on the music scene began several years before his emergence as a singer in his role as an award-winning promoter and live events producer under the banner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Club of the Year, ‘The Nest Collective’. He has also been a teacher at Newcastle University and Goldsmiths College, and was awarded an Arts Foundation Award in 2011. Ahead of the release of his much anticipated second album in October 2014, Sam Lee and Friends have released a taster 4-track EP in May, ‘More For To Rise’, developed from songs collected by Sam from diverse parts of the Gypsy and Traveller community.