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Try not to look bovine or ‘hurtfully disinterested’

Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis are at Nettlebed on Monday, March 20

Staff reporter

Staff reporter

Try not to look bovine or ‘hurtfully disinterested’

Audiences don’t hold much mystery for Sam Kelly. The son of Norfolk dairy farmers, the folk singer is just as at home playing to a millions of people watching the live final of Britain’s Got Talent as he is in a tiny pub or a field of ‘hurtfully disinterested Friesians’.

After making it through to the final round of the TV talent show in 2012, his debut EP, Your Way Home, was released the year after.

This was followed by a raft of other recordings, as well as a clutch of award nominations.

Last year, the multi-instrumentalist was given the Horizon Award for emerging artists at the Radio Two Folk Awards.

At Nettlebed he will be joined by banjo player and fellow rising talent Jamie Francis.

Brought up in Cumbria on a diet of folk and blues, Francis was playing gigs from age 12 and has barely stopped since.

After three years at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music he moved to Cornwall and has also played with Kelly’s band the Changing Room.


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