Folk Singer Sam Lee on Collaborating with Nightingales
In Conversation with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee on the Emergence Magazine Podcast
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In this interview, which weaves conversation, song, and the music of nightingales, folk singer Sam Lee speaks about the transformative experience of collaborating with nightingales, the stories of ancestors passed through folk music, and the space for communion that is opened with silence.
Sam Lee is a Mercury Prize–nominated and BBC Folk Award–winning singer, conservationist, and curator. Trained in fine art but with a lifelong passion for wilderness studies and nature connection, Sam is a folk music specialist dedicated to collecting, sharing, and interpreting ancient oral music from Britain and Ireland. He has combined these interests through his “Singing with Nightingales” annual springtime concert series. He has lectured at Goldsmiths, SOAS, and Oxford University and was the first folk singer to teach at the Royal College of Music.