Folk music

“Our frustrated songs were written while in lockdown”

Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys is a young folk collective who has developed a large following over the past few years, both in the East of England and beyond.

Sam Kelly and the lost boys

“One of the best bands on the scene,” according to Cambridge favorite Seth Lakeman, The Lost Boys are led by singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning producer Sam Kelly.

Renowned for his carefully crafted and emotionally charged folk pop music – which includes original material and new arrangements of traditional folk songs – Jamie Francis (banjo), Graham Coe (cello), Toby Shaer (whistles / violin), Archie Moss (melodeon), Evan Carson (drums) and bandleader Sam have been an explosive force since they took the stage in 2016.

After their 2017 album pretty peggy earned them a nomination for Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2018, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys returned with a new album, The wishing tree, in August.

The group has previously shared the stage with performers like Ed Sheeran, Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, and are well known for their fun and exciting shows – something Cambridge audiences will be able to see firsthand when the sextet performs at the Junction. . , with the support of Katherine Priddy, on November 6, the first night of her album launch tour.

Speaking to Cambridge Independent of “just outside Scunthorpe,” the Norfolk-based musician admits it was “nice, in a way, to take a little break,” as far as touring – “to focus on a few other things for a while, I guess, picking up on old hobbies … but not the ideal in terms of making money to stay alive! So it’s good to get back to it.

The group was able to meet last year and play a few festivals, in the interval between the two confinements. “We kept in touch through various mediums,” says Sam, 29, “and finally managed to record an album in September of last year. So we didn’t have too bad a year, really, which seems. crazy.

Sam, who studied music at university and says he has now been doing it full time for almost 10 years, adds: “We spent about a month locked in a studio in the middle of nowhere in Yorkshire. ; we kind of had our own little bubble so we were very lucky.

Sam Kelly and the lost boys
Sam Kelly and the lost boys

He reveals that writing the songs for the album was an “ongoing process for a few years,” noting, “There are songs we wrote during lockdown and there are some we were working on because that had been four years since our last album, so some just evolved over time … The most angry and frustrated were usually written on lockout!

Sam says that after his hometown of Norwich, Cambridge is “second on our tour list, just because we love playing there so much. We’ve played at the Cambridge Folk Festival four or five times, we’ve played at Cambridge Folk Club a few times …

“This is one of those cities where we played throughout our trip, in different places, and watched our audience slowly build up. We absolutely love coming back to Cambridge.

Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys will perform on stage at Junction’s J2 on Saturday November 6th. Visit for more information. To learn more about Sam and co, visit

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