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City Books presents Sam Lee: The Nightingale, Notes on a Songbird

Wednesday 29th April 2020 - Starts 7pm



Come to the forest, sit by the fireside and listen to intoxicating song, as Sam Lee tells the story of the nightingale. Every year, as darkness falls upon woodlands, the nightingale heralds the arrival of Spring. For thousands of years, its sweet song has inspired musicians, writers and artists around the world, from Germany, France and Italy to Greece, Ukraine and Korea.

Passionate conservationist, renowned musician and folk expert Sam Lee tells the full story of the nightingale. This book reveals in beautiful detail the bird’s song, habitat, characteristics and migration patterns, as well as the environmental issues that threaten its livelihood.

From Greek mythology to John Keats, to Persian poetry and ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’, Lee delves into the various ways we have celebrated the nightingale through traditions, folklore, music, literature, from ancient history to the present day.

‘The Nightingale’ is a unique and lyrical portrait of an infamous yet elusive songbird.

About Sam:

Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. A highly inventive and original singer, a passionate conservationist, committed song collector and a successful creator of live events.

He was brought up in North London’s Kentish Town. He forged a love of music and nature when packed off on summer holidays with the children’s charity Forest School Camps, where kids of all backgrounds go deep into the wild and sing every night around the campfire. He teaches music at Goldsmiths College London and is an Extinction Rebellion leader.

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.

His singing has been heard in films and TV shows, from Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword to Peaky Blinders. Sam was musical director for the RSPB’s 2019 Top 20 birdsong single, ‘Let Nature Sing’ and his 2020 album Old Wow garnered five-star reviews. He has lectured at Goldsmiths, SOAS and Oxford University and was the first folk singer to teach at the Royal College of Music.

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