Sam Lee

The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird

Zoom-based event

Thursday 7 October, 8.30pm

"Wondering and wonderful. The nature book of the year." - John Lewis-Stempel


Well-known as a highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, song collector and successful creator of live events, Sam Lee is also a passionate conservationist.


Throughout history, the sweet song of the nightingale has inspired musicians, writers and artists around the world. In his new book, The Nightingale: Notes on a Songbird [Cornerstone, 2021], Sam reveals in beautiful detail the bird's song, habitat, characteristics and migration patterns, as well as the environmental issues that threaten its livelihood.

From Greek mythology to John Keats, to Persian poetry and 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', he delves into the various ways we have celebrated the nightingale through traditions, folklore, music, literature, from ancient history to the present day. The Nightingale is a unique and lyrical portrait of a famed yet elusive songbird.


About Sam Lee

Sam has spent the last 13 years working with some of the most exciting folk artists and industry professionals to re-galvanize the UK folk scene through live events that challenge the ecosystem in which the music is fostered, the way it sounds and how it is presented. Director of the Nest Collective and The Song Collectors Collective and an award winning musician, Sam has been instrumental as one of the young activists shaping the landscape of folk, world and roots music. With three critically acclaimed albums, including his Mercury Music Prize nominated debut and the newly released Old Wow, Sam works holistically in challenging the very nature of our heritage music in the 21st century.


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