Where: Salisbury Arts Centre

When: Friday, May 1, 8pm

Tickets: £14 / £12 conc, salisburyartscentre.co.uk (01722) 321744

Where: Pound Arts, Corsham

When: Saturday, May 2, 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 / £11, poundarts.org.uk (01249) 701628

THE voice of the moment, Sam Lee is one of the leading lights amongst the burgeoning British folk scene; a captivating voice, charismatic storyteller and an avid collector and reinterpreter of songs.

Sam Lee is a 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, its tales of love, parting, exile and murder bound by a sympathetic magic still resonant today, parting the veil on vivid scenes from our islands’ deep histories.

His debut album, Ground Of Its Own, comprised of songs learned first hand from the gypsy traveller community. Awarded the 2011 Arts Foundation prize and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Award for his debut, he has taken his music worldwide to more than 20 countries, appeared in Peaky Blinders on TV, and joined The Unthanks to commemorate the Great War at the Barbican in London.

Sam Lee reached an even larger audience with his performance of The Tan Yard Side accompanied only by a nightingale on Radio 4 in May 2014. This remarkable recording marked the 90th anniversary of the first-ever outside broadcast of Singing with the Nightingales by cellist Beatrice Harrison in May 1924.

On this special tour of the south west Sam will be performing material from his new album The Fade in Time, released in March and described by Uncut magazine as: "Ambitious, eclectic but, ultimately, dedicated to the enduring passions that resonate through this treasure trove of great song…”