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Serious Sam Barrett

Voice, guitar

North East


Serious Sam Barrett is a hard touring, folk and country singer/songwriter from Otley, West Yorkshire. Playing honest, heartfelt self penned and traditional songs on 12 string guitar and banjo.

Raised in the Dales village of Addingham, Sam began performing in and around Leeds in 2004, with word spreading further afield with the release of his 2009 debut album Close To Home. Performing at SXSW in Austin, Texas in 2010, he has toured the US, Ireland and mainland Europe widely. Along the way, Sam has shared stages with the likes of Katherine Tickell, Lucero, The Young Un’s, Frank Fairfield, Deer Tick and Karine Polwart, and received airplay and praise plaudits from the BBC’s Bob Harris, Gideon Co, Marc Riley and Mark Radcliffe.

‘People were engaging with singing, clapping, smiling, laughing, making requests, asking for more, talking to the performer, dancing.’ – Christopher Stoker, Pastures Day Services

Singer-songwriter (Guitar and Voice)