Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Described as ‘the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation’ by Jon Boden (Remnant Kings, ex-Bellowhead), Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists. Recent collaborations have included Sweet Liberties; an EFDSS and Folk By The Oak, joint-funded project which saw Sam, Nancy Kerr, Maz O’Connor and Martyn Joseph delving into the archives of Parliament in search of inspiration for songs about the pursuit and development of democracy. Sweet Liberties toured major UK venues, spawned an album of the same name and featured on BBC Radio 3’s World On 3 in late. Support comes in the shape of Dom Prag, an up and coming singer-songwriter from Southampton who has just released his debut album, Young Man on a Ferry.
This will be Dom’s debut at the Wessex Folk Festival. Dom Prag is an up and coming young folk singer based in Southampton. After gigging around Brighton in his formative years in such venues as The White Rabbit, The Fiddler's Elbow, The Brunswick and Marwood Cafe, where he launched his EP Talitha and Other Songs in 2015, he has been taking folk clubs by storm. He has appeared at Nozstock (2014), Folk East (as part of Brighton band 'The Knights Project') in 2016, and in 2018, the Wickham Festival, Wimborne Folk Festival and Purbeck Folk Festival. Dom's music knits together British and European folk tradition, classical guitar: mining songs, poems set to music (Keats, Larkin), compositions influenced by Schubert and Shostakovich, bluesy riffs and raw vocals. His own songs start as poems and then undergo a transition into songs as the music is composed. Throughout 2016 and 2017 he worked on the Arts Council funded Ferry Tales project in collaboration with poet Robyn Bolam and fellow musician JC Grimshaw, setting poems about ferries and ferry experiences to music. In December 2018 he released his debut album Young Man on a Ferry. And 2019 sees him touring to venues up and down the country to promote the album. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter (@DomPrag) and on his website www.domprag.com
Dom will be playing his distinctive arrangements of songs from the traditional repertoire as well as covers and his own compositions. These will include tracks from his debut album, Young Man on a Ferry, which has been chosen as album of the month by Richard Harris on the award winning Richard Harris Folk and Blues Show and you can hear tracks from the album every week on that show.
Dom will play two sets. Exact times and venues to be confirmed.
A chance to hear Dom Prag’s compelling intricate guitar playing and wide range of songs. He moves with ease from traditional songs, sometimes sung unaccompanied, to modern folk classics by people like Richard Thompson and Paul Davenport. His voice is melodious and he holds the audience captivated as the stories in the songs unspool.
Dom Prag returns to the legendary Wurzel Bush folk club in Rugby. Catch him if you can. Expect blistering guitar playing and folk songs su g like you’ve never heard them before. The fusion of compelling intricate guitar playing and melodious voice is is amazing and he covers a wide range of songs. He moves with ease from traditional songs, sometimes sung unaccompanied, to modern folk classics by people like Richard Thompson and Paul Davenport. He holds the audience captivated as the stories in the songs unfold. His own songs can be a storm of folk rock, like ‘Unemployment Song’ or wry and amusing, like ‘Chemicals’, with its tuneful nod to Patsy Cline. His programme flows from haunting ballads to rumbustious songs of protest blending sadness, fury, humour and joy into one breathtaking demonstration of musical skill.
Folk legend, Phil Beer is one half of folk supergroup Show Of Hands and is in much demand as a multi-instrumentalist and producer and has been described by the Guardian as 'where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide'. Support comes from young up and coming singer songwriter Dom Prag.
Dom appeared at The Black Swan in June 2018, so if you enjoyed his playing you now have an opportunity to hear a full set. Expect intricate rumbustious guitar playing, tuneful singing and a range of songs, from his own self penned tales to traditional songs from around the world and sometimes surprising arrangements of well-known folk classics from the likes of Richard Thompson, Leonard Cohen and Eric Bogle.
’What a voice! Together with his brilliant guitar playing he is the real deal - only a matter of time before Dom Prag is a true Folk Star. Catch him whist you can. ‘ (Charles Gale, organiser, Forest Folk Club)
Be sure to find your way to the stunning location of The White Hart folk club and f you’ve never heard him play before, now is the time to discover this talented up and coming singer-songwriter.
‘Dom has played our club twice and each time we were blown away by his songs, musicianship and voice; he is a breath of fresh air. His well-written and thought provoking songs grab your attention. This guy is the real deal and currently building a significant reputation on the folk and acoustic music scene.’ (Tony Batten Milverton Music)
Saturday 27 July - details of the exact time and the venue will be announced when they become available. Dom’s own songs can be a storm of folk rock, like ‘Unemployment Song’ or wry and amusing, like ‘Chemicals’, with its tuneful nod to Patsy Cline. His programme flows from haunting ballads to rumbustious songs of protest blending sadness, fury, humour and joy into one breathtaking demonstration of musical skill.
Dom Prag is a young singer songwriter carving out a name for himself wherever he goes with heartfelt songs, a beautiful voice, compelling narratives and intricate and sometimes thunderous guitar accompaniments.
‘We were lucky enough to have Dom open up a show for Chris and me, and we were both really impressed with him. Great playing, singing and writing, and a lovely stage presence. Watch out for Dom, his star is definitely on the rise’ Julie Matthews (While and Matthews)
Dom Prag is a young singer-songwriter from Southampton. He has appeared at folk clubs from Teeside to Devon and everywhere in between. His style mixes traditional folk with classical guitar to create a complex, raw sound. His songs are stories, folk tales, love letters - joyous, hopeful and heart-breaking in equal measures. He crafts arrangements to traditional folk songs that are imaginative and rousing while staying true to the spirit of each song. In 2018 he appeared at Wickham Folk Festival, Wimborne Folk Festival, and was a Purbeck Rising finalist at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival. “We were lucky enough to have Dom open up a show for Chris and I and were both really impressed with him. Great playing, singing and writing and a lovely stage presence. Watch out for Dom, his star is definitely on the rise.” -Julie Matthews (While and Matthews/Daphne’s Flight)
Dom Prag is a young Southampton based singer-songwriter whose spellbinding voice, magical guitar energy and songs of passion, loss, comical social disasters and everyday fears combine folk with blues and classical influences into gripping musical narratives. In 2015, whilst living in Brighton, he released an EP, ‘Talitha and Other Songs’ which has been played on numerous local radio stations up and down the country. He has played at folk clubs from Teesside to South Devon and appeared at many Festivals including Nozstock, Wickham, Purbeck, Wimborne, Wessex, South Downs and St Alban’s. He has supported Ninebarrow, While and Matthews, Jez Lowe, Jackie Oates and McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle. Just before Christmas 2018 his debut album, ‘Young Man on a Ferry’, came out and in 2019 it was awarded ‘Album of the Month’ for January, on the Richard Harris Folk and Blues show on Blues and Roots radio.
Sally Barker, Anna Ryder and Marion Fleetwood perform as IOTABAND. All three write, sing and sway in perfect harmony and each is a seasoned performer of the UK Folk/Rock scene. They got together in 2017 to form IOTA. Sally Barker (vocal, guitar & percussion) sang to millions as Tom Jones' ﬁnalist on The Voice UK but the singer-songwriter has entertained for years as a member of revered fem-folk group The Poozies, of the re-formed Fotheringay and as a solo artist supporting Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and Richard Thompson. Anna Ryder (vocal, keys, accordion, guitar, dumbek, banjo & french horn) is a musical dynamo; an original and inventive singer and songwriter with a musical style that, although based in folk, spans an array of genres. Though a long-time solo artist, Anna has also worked with, amongst many others, Fairport Convention, Eddi Reader, Julianne Regan (All About Eve) and Rabbit Bundrick (The Who). With a voice which has been described as 'mesmerising' and 'siren-esque', the blazingly dynamic Marion Fleetwood (vocal, ﬁddle, cello, guitar & percussion) is a highly respected multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Best known as a member of TRADarrr and as a former member of Colvin Quarmby and The Jigantics. In support, Dom Prag, a young singer songwriter carving out a name for himself wherever he goes with heartfelt songs, beautiful voice, compelling narratives and intricate and sometimes thunderous guitar accompaniments.
A chance to hear Dom Prag’s compelling intricate guitar playing and wide range of songs. He moves with ease from traditional songs, sometimes sung unaccompanied, to modern folk classics by people like Richard Thompson and Paul Davenport. His voice is melodious and he holds the audience captivated as the stories in the songs unspool. His own songs can be a storm of folk rock, like ‘Unemployment Song’ or wry and amusing, like ‘Chemicals’, with its tuneful nod to Patsy Cline. His programme flows from haunting ballads to rumbustious songs of protest blending sadness, fury, humour and joy into one breathtaking demonstration of musical skill.
West Street Loft, Shoreham by Sea. Beautiful venue, fabulous music from Rik van den Bosch with support from Dom Prag. Rik writes, sings, and plays his own songs on his acoustic guitar, drawing from a wide influence of styles: original folk and blues sounds from way back, sixties’ rock ’n’ roll grooves, and up-to-the-minute pure rock rhythms - with a bit of gypsy and Spanish influence thrown in for good measure. Rik is a one-man-band, armed with a variety of tools to create a full and interesting sound, from his slide and harmonica to his incredible vocal range. He is a storyteller, both in and between the songs in his set. This will be a welcome 2nd appearance at West Street Loft for Dom, also. He released his debut album just before Christmas and is continuing to garner plaudits at folk clubs up and down the country.
There'll be an Irish flavour to Dom's performance, as he includes a wonderful Christy Moore song in honour of St Patrick's Day. Accompanied, of course, with his characteristic complex fingerstyle guitar playing. There’s a sneak preview to give you an idea of what he’s like live HERE. So make your way to the wonderful Readifolk folk club at Community Hall, Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading RG1 4RJ | 8.00 pm - 10.30 pm | Tickets £6.00
Don’t miss this - it’s at Forest Folk Folk Club, North Boarhunt, Hampshire. John Doyle, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick first crossed paths as teenagers. All three musicians have gone on to global acclaim: John Doyle (Dublin – vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandola) is an Irish music linchpin and a founder member of Solas, who has worked with Joan Baez, Linda Thompson and Mary Chapin Carpenter. BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner John McCusker (Glasgow – fiddle, whistles, harmonium) has played with The Battlefield Band, Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan, and recorded with Paul Weller. Mike McGoldrick (Manchester – flute, whistles, Uileann pipes, bodhran, clarinet, congas) is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, founding member of Lúnasa, and current member of Capercaillie, who has worked with Mark Knopfler, Eddi Reader, and John Cale. Dom Prag, in support, is an up and coming young singer songwriter from Southampton who has just released his debut album Young Man on a Ferry.
Dom’s unique blend of energetic guitar playing, rousing songs and compelling voice will be familiar to some, so if you saw him at The Anchor last time he played, never fear, you will get all that. However, as it is so close to Burn’s Night, there willl be an additional Scottish flavour in honour of the occasion.
Dom is the featured performer at Selsey Folk Club on 16 January, so come along and enjoy virtuoso guitar playing along with beautifully sung folk songs. Dom’s repertoire is a mix of traditional folk songs, more recent classics by the likes of Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Paul Davenport and Leonard Cohen; and his own original compositions. He also has a nifty way with setting poems to music.
Dom has performed twice before at Milford folk club, each time getting an enthusiastic response for his extraordinary guitar playing, unique arrangements and compelling voice. This time he is in the guest spot.
"Talitha, was a rather deep and unusual comment on counselling with an interesting and unusual guitar accompaniment. The arrangement of the second was in more familiar territory, making more than a slight nod to Patsy Cline. It even contained the words ‘walking after midnight’. If I were still organising festivals I would have booked him” (Hugh Taylor, Fatea) “We have seen the future of folk music and it is in good hands” (Steve West, Organiser, Lymington Folk and Blues)
After being the support act for Chris Cleverley earlier this year at Winchester, and having supported The Rubber Wellies and Kadia in previous years, Dom Prag returns to The Hyde Tavern as the main attraction. Dom will be singing of rebellion, betrayal, death by shooting, love, sorrow and Christmas - classic folk mix. If you haven't heard him before, now is the time to come and experience his unique combination of rampant guitar skills and tuneful voice as he displays his customary and dazzling fusion of classical and folk/blues techniques on a Spanish guitar. "Watch out for Dom, his star is definitely on the rise." (Julie Matthews, While & Matthews/Daphne’s Flight). "What a voice! Together with his brilliant guitar playing he is the real deal - only a matter of time before Dom Prag is a true Folk Star. Catch him whilst you can." (Charles Gale, organiser, Forest Folk Club, North Boarhunt). "Dom Prag takes the place by storm with his energy, wonderful singing and beautiful Spanish guitar playing - he's a seriously talented young folk singer on the way to great things." (Mike Peach, Organiser, The Anchor Folk Club)
Venue 504 at 504 Ridgway Rd, Brixton, London
Come and hear Dom Prag at this Springboard event at 504, a new venue in Brixton. Springboard is for performers of all kinds to share their work, experiment and try out new ideas in front of a friendly and supportive crowd, and for audience members to enjoy a night of fantastic performance - all whilst supporting neurodiversity in the arts.
The Sun, 1, Chertsey Rd, Windlesham, Surrey GU20 6EN.
Don't miss Dom Prag at Bracknell Folk Club. He'll be playing his usual mix of traditional and original material plus a few covers.
‘We were lucky enough to have Dom open up a show for Chris and I and were both really impressed with him. Great playing, singing and writing and a lovely stage presence. Watch out for Dom, his star is definitely on the rise’ Julie Matthews (While and Matthews)
Get your tickets for the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival where Dom is one of six new up and coming acts who have won the opportunity to perform in the Purbeck Rising showcase event. Come and show your support and listen to some great young musicians.
Dom Prag brings his mix of exceptional guitar playing and strong lyrics to the Acoustic Stage at the Wickham Festival. He tackles the narratives of folk songs with a true storyteller's flair, capturing your attention. His voice soars into dramatic crescendos or melodically wraps itself around tender tunes in the more lyrical songs of love and loss. He strums a battered old classical guitar picking out extraordinary riffs, using sometimes unheard of tunings to create a sound where the guitar and voice seamlessly combine.
Dom Prag and JC Grimshaw reunite for a gig at Lymington United Reformed Church where they will revisit the 'Ferry Tales' Arts Council England project. Join them for an evening of songs all about the ferries to the Isle of Wight: songs written by JC and Dom combine with poems - written by Lymington locals in workshops at The Coates Centre, which Dom ran with local poet Robyn Bolam back in 2016 - set to music.