Sam Lee announces third album ‘Old Wow’ with video for new track, ‘Garden of England’

Ahead of his forthcoming third album ‘Old Wow’, Sam Lee has shared the official video for ‘The Garden of England’, the first track to be lifted from the LP due for release January 31 via Cooking Vinyl. Set within Sussex’s spectacular Ashdown forest, the video, shot using drone cameras, conjures a surreal vision of the fast disappearing natural world Lee campaigns to protect. Sam’s new video arrives amidst the two-week climate actions led by Extinction Rebellion happening globally and across central London which Lee, a committed conservationist and environmentalist, is playing over a dozen shows as part of the protest.

‘Old Wow’, produced by Bernard Butler, follows on from Lee’s Mercury-Prize nominated and Arts Foundation award winning debut, 2012’s ‘Ground of Its Own’, and 2015’s equally well received ‘The Fade In Time’ – featuring appearances from Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser, Cosmo Sheldrake, spoken-word poet Dizraeli and The Gloaming’s Caoimhin O Raghallaigh. In support of the album, Lee will be embarking on a 16-date UK tour, including London’s EartH in Hackney on February 17 2020.

Watch ‘Garden of England’ here:

To Sam, a committed environmentalist, as well as highly acclaimed singer, folk song is a means of expressing our devotion to, and love for the land. Says Lee; “I wanted to portray myself and others as being part of the landscape; naturally embedded in it. To give a sense of what the Garden of England could look like as a truly integrated garden and wilderness, a re-enchantment of that world. I also wanted to suggest that idea of us as guardians of the natural world, and how songs have been our hymns in that process”.

Spanning new interpretations of American spirituals, Romany Gypsy songs and traditional English standards, ‘Old Wow’ arrives alongside arcadian artwork, designed by Alex Merry (Damien Hirst, Gucci). With ‘Old Wow’, Sam Lee has created a timeless bridge; in his words; “Music that simultaneously looks back into the past and ahead to the future. An urgent cry to help inspire us all to fall back in love with the natural world that we might strengthen our resolve to protect her.’


9 January 2020     Glasgow        Royal Concert Hall (Strathclyde Suite)
31 January 2020     Newcastle     Cluny
01 February 2020   Manchester   Night and Day
03 February 2020   Nottingham  Rescue Rooms
04 February 2020   Leeds City     Varieties
05 February 2020   Birmingham Glee
06 February 2020   Exeter          Phoenix
07 February 2020   Bodmin         St Petroc’s Church
08 February 2020   Lyme Regis   Marine Theatre
10 February 2020   Cambridge    Junction 2
13 February 2020   Brighton       St George’s
15 February 2020   Canterbury   Colyer-Fergusson Hall
16 February 2020   Norwich        Open
17 February 2020   London         EartH
19 February 2020   Bristol          St George’s
21 February 2020   Cardiff          The Gate

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