Serious Sam Barrett

Sam plays a mixture of traditional and original material but his recorded output has mainly focused on his own compositions especially in his later works. His style builds on folk music from the British Isles, Ireland, traditional American music as well as more contemporary styles of Rock n Roll and 50s pop music. Sam mainly plays a 12 string guitar although he also has made many recording playing banjo and occasionally electric guitar. 

“The sustained brilliance of this playing is really something to behold.”

Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Songs that rattle with the ghosts of Appalachian folk, and southern blues, yet sound emphatically English.”

Uncut Magazine

“Old before his years country-folk fellow who mixes intricate John Fahey finger-picking with confessional tales of dirty old Leeds”

The Guardian

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