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Singing With Nightingales Live at Hay Festival

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The Nest Collective presents…
Sam Lee’s Singing With Nightingales: LIVE
With special guest artists Georgia Ruth & Pete Judge

This Spring, the Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist and naturalist Sam Lee is bringing the celebrated Singing With Nightingales starlit events indoors. Live broadcasting the irrepressible nocturnal courtship song of nightingales, this series of unique concerts introduces human-bird duets in a new theatrical experience.

Presented by worldwide roots music promoter, The Nest Collective, these groundbreaking concerts weave a narrative of song and story concerning the nightingale's role in folklore, landscape and migration, overshadowed by their current alarming decline. Hear their song and its powerful effect while you still can.

"The strangest and most wonderful concert" - The Observer
“Absolutely gorgeous…” - BBC Radio 4

Guest Artists

Georgia Ruth
Georgia is a Cardiff-based musician and songwriter from Aberystwyth in West Wales. Her debut album Week of Pines won the Welsh Music Prize in 2013, and she released her second (Fossil Scale) in 2016. She appeared as a guest vocalist on the Manic Street Preachers' Futurology album, and has toured extensively in India: both as a member of Ghazalaw (whose debut record was released on Cerys Matthews' Marvels of the Universe label) and as part of the British Council's Folk Nations project.
Georgia presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru, and has also presented 'World on 3' for BBC Radio 3.
“A deeply intelligent return” Clash Magazine

Pete Judge
Pete is a musician and composer, based in Bristol UK. He plays with and composes for acclaimed post-jazz quartet Get The Blessing (BBC Jazz Award winners), multi-instrumental acoustic trio Three Cane Whale, and ambient-minimalist-improvising duo Eyebrow. Tours and session work include Super Furry Animals, Noel Gallagher (on BBC’s Later...with Jools Holland), Jim Moray, John Parish, Marc Gauvin, and many others. He's also composed music for theatre, film & live ensemble, including Travelling Light Theatre Company, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Shetland Arts Trust, Portland Royal Manor Theatre, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Bristol’s Brunel 200 (the Triangulation project), Aberystwyth Silver Band, b-side multi-media festival, and (with Eyebrow) Taikabox Dance Company.
“The excellent Pete Judge sounds somewhere between the late Don Cherry and the UK's Harry Beckett” (John
Fordham, The Guardian)


Sam Lee:
Sam traverses many worlds, challenging and pioneering folk music in diverse places and ways. Not just an award-winning singer with two highly decorated albums to his name and a sound incomparable to his contemporaries’; his work fostering live music in the UK has been instrumental in the explosion of folk of the last
decade. Sam’s debut album, ‘Ground of its Own’ was conceived after winning the prestigious Arts Foundation Prize in 2011 and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Music Prize. His second album, ‘The Fade in Time’ (2015) has been equally feted. At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Sam was presented with ‘Best Traditional Song’ for his version of the song ‘Lovely Molly’. During the ceremony, he performed the song live, backed by the 40-piece Roundhouse Choir, in front of a sold-out show at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Sam and his band of Friends were also invited to perform the song on BBC TV’s ‘Later with Jools’.


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