Sam Carter has been described as “one of the most gifted acoustic guitarists of his generation” by Mike Harding, but those of us who saw him open ’50 years from the Summer of Love’ at Southwell with Cream’s “ Sunshine of Your Love”, know his wide range of expertise. His vocal and guitar style draws comparison with John Martyn and lyrically his perspective is closer to Richard Thompson. We expect Sam’s sets to include the 12 songs he wrote for ‘How the City Sings’ his fourth CD released a year ago, which are at times affectingly intimate and at others brimming with righteous rage. Sam said “I’m writing about my own life but also trying to give voice to the lives of others.”
Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews have been singing in harmony and playing together for 20 years. Some readers may remember them as half of Cross o’the Hands and when they came to us in 2015.
Doug also plays melodeon and Sarah fiddle or viola for English and European dance sides, but along the way they’ve collected some of the best English folk songs which have enhanced their repertoire. They have also written songs about various Derbyshire events landmarks and towns, and their third album ‘Songs and Laughter’ includes several of these and emphasises how their relaxed and humorous delivery enhances their obvious writing talents.