Leeds, Britain (UK)
Sam Airey originates from the Isle of Anglesey, but now resides in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Raised in rural North Wales on various types of folk and country music, Sam blends these influences with the sounds and experiences he has encountered along the way. He plays a variety of instruments, but is sometimes joined by friends, both in studios and on stages.
In recent times, Sam has received great national radio support, including Maida Vale sessions for Huw Stephens and Radio 1, interviews with Steve Lamacq for Radio 2, and airplay from Lauren Laverne on 6 Music. He has also seen considerable support from his homeland, leading to single ‘The Blackout’ being named as BBC Radio Wales’ ‘Song of the Year’, beating names such as Los Campesinos! and Manic Street Preachers to the title. Sam has played to audiences across the UK, whilst touring and sharing stages with the likes of Midlake, Villagers, Willy Mason, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Anais Mitchell, Frank Turner and Lucy Rose.
In the past year alone, Sam has made his debut national television appearance on Channel 4, achieved his first daytime Radio 1 plays, and played his largest headline shows to date. Following triumphant appearances at festivals such as Latitude, SWN, and Live at Leeds, Sam was asked to collaborate with a brewery in Yorkshire in order to create his very own beer, which was released in November 2012. Gaining an ever-increasing amount of plaudits, his records and live shows have garnered comparisons to artists such as Bon Iver, Nick Drake, Bright Eyes, and Leonard Cohen. Sam is currently working on his debut album, due for release in late 2013.
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“Wonderful music…his songs are deep and beautiful and sound effortless”
- Huw Stephens, BBC Radio One
“A voice that brings the world to a standstill…Bon Iver more when Justin was making music in a shack or Ryan Adams before he got sober and happy”
- Sean Adams, Drowned In Sound
“Airey showcases his effortless instrumental versatility and gift for textured composition….‘A Marker And A Map’ has irrevocably won us over.”
– This Is Fake DIY
“With a beautiful, effortless voice containing just a hint of huskiness, Sam Airey’s music soothes and calms”
- Clash Magazine
“Wales’ answer to Bon Iver…a very special artist…a wonder: a real treasure of a discovery, a genuine and heartbreaking voice, and an incredibly mature songwriter”
– Bethan Elfyn, BBC Radio Wales/BBC Radio One
“(The Blackout is..) simply gorgeous…this track could sit quite easily on a Bright Eyes or Iron & Wine record”
– Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
“A Marker And A Map will undoubtedly lull you into its beautiful cradle of lore, naivety, growth and love. If this is what Airey is producing so early into his career, who knows what he is yet to muster.”
- For Folk’s Sake