We are stoked to announce the Sam Kelly Trio will be on the line-up for Staycation Live. All the way from the Cornish shores of Looe, The Sam Kelly Trio is fronted by BGT finalist Sam Kelly and he’s joined by Jamie Francis and Ciaran Algar, widely regarded to be two of the UK’s most talented multi instrumentalist musicians.
Jamie Francis (on banjo, guitar and many others as well as backing vocals) met Sam when they were studying music and playing at open mics in Brighton. Jamie fronts his own alt-blues trio called “Stark” and their new EP “Controlled Aggression” is OUT NOW and brings his own varied musical influences to bear on the songs he writes with Sam. He is building a reputation as a formidable multi instrumentalist player.
Ciaran Algar a TWO time BBC Folk Award winners Ciaran Algar. Ciaran is a multi-instrumentalist (Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, and Percussion) who is quickly becoming one of the most highly-regarded young musicians on the Folk circuit today. In January 2013, Ciaran picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Ciaran Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Over 8 years of competing, he won 20 regional titles, 12 British titles and 1 All Ireland title across various categories (Fiddle, Fiddle Slow Airs, Bodhran).
Sam Kelly a Finalist on ITV’s Britains Got Talent as a teenager in 2012, Sam‘s debut EP – entitled ‘Your Way Home’ was released in March 2013, which swiftly created a buzz of interest in the folk scene for Sam‘s music.
He followed this up with the release of the widely acclaimed ‘Spokes’ EP in February 2015. This cemented Sam‘s place further as one of the most exciting young prospects in the folk scene – landing him a nomination in the Best Singer category at the 2015 Spiral Earth Awards, and grabbing the attention of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show. Touring as a trio with Jamie Francis (banjo) and Evan Carson (percussion), Sam has gained a reputation for an incredibly high class and dynamic live show, and the guys are rapidly becoming firm favourites at venues and festivals in all parts of the country. After a barnstorming performance to a completely rammed Club Tent at Cambridge Folk Festival 2015, the guys were invited to play their first session on Radio 2 live from the festival.
Not content with resting on his laurels, Sam enlisted the extraordinary talents of new band members Ciaran Algar (fiddle) and Graham Coe (cello) and went straight back into the studio to record his debut album. ‘The Lost Boys’ came out in November 2015 to a storm of rave reviews, cementing Sam‘s place as one of the most rapidly rising stars on the UK folk scene, and enticing Radio 2 to invite the guys into the BBC studios as the featured live session guests on the Mark Radcliffe Show – an honour usually only bestowed upon much more established musicians.
The album also landed Sam the Horizon Award for emerging artists at the 2016 Radio 2 Folk Awards. The album has also been championed by numerous legends of folk broadcasting, including Mike Harding – who played tracks from the album for four weeks in a row on his online radio podcast. Sam has been touring the album with his full band – Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, and they’re due to release their first album as a band in summer 2017.”