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  • Date: 2021-11-27
  • Time: 20:00
  • Location: The Dorothy Pax
  • Venue: SAM BROOKES

Sam Brookes has been down into the depths, only to re-emerge with a firm fixation on the beauty and
light that can be found in the everyday. He’s been pushed through grief, loss, and heartbreak, using
music as a tool to piece himself back together, and to find a forward path.

But it hasn’t always been easy. 2014’s ‘Kairos’ was named one of the year’s standout recordings by the
Independent, with Sunday Times acclaiming Sam as a Breaking Act. Meanwhile his soaring, multi-
octave voice – often compared to Tim Buckley – stands as one of the most expressive instruments in
British music. Folk-meets-jazz twisting and turning at the outer reaches of the singer-songwriter role,
his music is confessional in the most explicit way – and new album ‘Black Feathers’ is as honest as it

‘Black Feathers’ is a record of exquisite beauty, and unrelenting turmoil. It’s an album of grief and loss,
but also of discovery. It’s a gorgeous, painstakingly constructed affair, with guests ranging from
revered jazz pianist Neil Cowley to acclaimed fiddle player Sam Sweeney, while Ethan Johns – who has
worked with Kings Of Leon, Laura Marling and more – made a rare appearance behind the drum kit.

A daring, riveting experience, ‘Black Feathers’ is a stunning body of work, the sound of someone
cutting free from the tangled web of the past to explore a bold future. “I feel like I’m much calmer
around who I am, what art I’m making, and what the future may or may not hold,” he says. It’s this
emotional transcendence that makes Sam Brookes’ work so rewarding, so valuable. As a listener, you
come out the other side cleaned, enriched. “I feel that there’s hope and strength in this work,” he
comments. “I hope that people who have been touched by grief can connect with it.”

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