Sam Lee is a singer, promoter, teacher, researcher and confessed die-hard enthusiast of the folk arts. Described by the Telegraph as “the rising star of traditional English folksong”, he has become one of the current leading lights of the folk revival taking traditional song into a new direction and onto new platforms. Sam performs solo or with his band The Gillie Boys. His debut album Ground Of Its Own will be released this month following a launch party on Wednesday at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington.
Let’s go to the pub. Scout’s buying – you pick the location.
Definitely the Three Compasses on Dalston Lane. It was once voted England’s roughest pub but is now run by a league of seven brothers and sisters of the mighty Johns family from Leeds. It’s always a charming welcome full of love, plus they make phat burgers which use brioche instead of buns. Eat ’em to believe it.
Sounds delicious. How about if we want to eat something healthier? Any restaurant tips?
Yeni Umut Café 2000 in Dalston – it’s the best meat and charcoals.
What are your favourite outdoor spots?
Swimming off the banks of the Thames in Deptford. There are massive great landscapes of tumbling wharfs, amazing water, and a healthy sense of danger.
Where do you go shopping?
Ridley Road Market – you can get five avocados for a pound.
Where do you go to relax?
Hampstead Heath ponds. In the summer this is simply an English paradise.
What’s your secret London tip for Londoners?
The Italian Cultural Embassy does free food at all its cultural concerts – go and be treated! In fact, many embassies do the same.