Two of the UK's most genre-defying musicians unite for this co-headline show for our Woolwich Words & Sounds season. Join us to experience two unique takes on time-honoured musical traditions from around the globe.
Sam plays a unique role in the British music scene. He’s an acclaimed, award-winning inventive singer, a folksong collector, conservationist and promoter of live events as founder-director of The Nest Collective who’ve helped shake up the music scene and injected life back into the folk trad and world acoustic scene.
His first release, ‘Ground Of Its Own’ in 2012, was short-listed for the Mercury Music Prize. His sophomore release saw lead track 'Lovely Molly' win a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track. Sam was named Artist of the Year at the 2016 Songlines Magazine Awards, the year in which he wrote and performed the lead song for Guy Ritchie’s Hollywood film ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’.
Sam is also founding member of Music Declares Emergency, and is closely involved with Extinction Rebellion.
Soumik Datta is more than a sarod virtuoso. A polymath composer, producer, bandleader, TV presenter and Artistic Director of the Soumik Datta Arts charity, his work embraces traditional and contemporary art forms to address the urgent issues of our times.
Desrcibed as ‘one of biggest new music talents in Britain’ by Vogue, Soumik is best known for his creative collaborations with figures as diverse as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney and Anoushka Shankar to name just a few.
Soumik’s previous highlights include performing at BBC Proms, Glastonbury Festival, and presenting the three-part documentary series Rhythms of India on BBC4.
Soumik involves artists both new and known, rooted and experimental. An Ambassador for Earth Day Network Soumik’s art is about our world, making us hear it, see it, feel it anew.