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Sam Carter at Kings Place in London

Bonzo3legs 24 Sep 11 - 05:35 AM
Bonzo3legs 24 Sep 11 - 07:34 AM
Bonzo3legs 24 Sep 11 - 09:41 AM
GUEST 25 Sep 11 - 01:32 PM
Bonzo3legs 26 Sep 11 - 02:51 AM
GUEST,matt milton 26 Sep 11 - 06:37 AM
Bonzo3legs 27 Sep 11 - 09:29 AM
Dave Hanson 27 Sep 11 - 09:36 AM
Bonzo3legs 27 Sep 11 - 11:54 AM
Bonzo3legs 27 Sep 11 - 01:16 PM
Dave Hanson 27 Sep 11 - 02:48 PM
Bonzo3legs 27 Sep 11 - 03:54 PM
GUEST,matt milton 28 Sep 11 - 07:01 AM
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Subject: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 05:35 AM

What a superb gig this was last night in Hall 2. Sam mixed solo guitar/vocal songs with his "Judas bit", with very able double bass and drums, playing what was possibly a Gibson ES 225 for more raunchy rock stuff - not sure because it has 2 P-90 pickups.

The venue which is within 10 minutes walk of Kings Cross station is very nice indeed, set in a 3 year old building with lots of space.

Sam is a very accomplished guitarist playing at times in a style not unlike Nic Jones, but also adding his own tricks.

I would have like to see him play Canadeeio but he didn't unfortunately.


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 07:34 AM

Had to get a cab from Victoria to Kings Cross as there were huge crowds trying to get into underground - really nice cab driver who forgot to turn on his meter! He got us there in 20 minutes along a traffic free route north of Oxford Street and charged only £15 which was very reasonable.


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 24 Sep 11 - 09:41 AM

They did a great rave up version of Oh dear rue the day!!


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Sep 11 - 01:32 PM

Are there no Sam Carter fans????


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 02:51 AM

Obviously not - well worth the £15 taxi fare from Victoria in my view!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 26 Sep 11 - 06:37 AM

at the risk of sounding curmudgeonly, I don't think Sam Carter's done anything all that marvellous yet.

He's clearly a technically gifted guitarist and a good singer - I like the fact that he doesn't try to smooth out his voice for the singer-songwriter-buying demographic, and keeps it folksily sharp and cutting, for instance.

For me this says it all:

"Sam is a very accomplished guitarist playing at times in a style not unlike Nic Jones"

That's not enough for me, and the "own tricks" part don't wow me; at least, not nearly as much as the guitar playing of, say, Michael Rossiter or Jason Steel or Flake Brown.

I also find his lyrics a tad irritating: they sound very much like the songs and delivery of a young man trying to sound the way he thinks he should, rather than sounding like himself (whatever that might be).

His lyrics often sound like he's trying to be all worldly-wise and observant and sapient, trying to be a bit of a street philosopher, because that's what earnest men with acoustic guitars are supposed to do. Rather than just being himself.

I suppose Bert Jansch and Ralph McTell both wrote a bit like that too, with the occasional clunker of a lyric, in their time. But it was the 60s then, and it was in the air, and besides they were among the first wave of people to be doing that kind of thing.

I say all this because what Sam Carter does is very close to being exactly the sort of thing I normally like very much, spoiled only by too many instances of exactly the sorts of things I find quite annoying.


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 09:29 AM

I find him to be a breath of fresh air after the never ending scourge of whinging, bleating, unthanking, lefty "folkies" that the circuit now holds!!


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 09:36 AM

Never heard of him.


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 11:54 AM

google "sam carter canadeeio".


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 01:16 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0wZBWsvLOI


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 02:48 PM

He's very good Boko, but just a bit too much like a Nic Jones clone.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 27 Sep 11 - 03:54 PM

He didn't play that in his show.


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: GUEST,matt milton
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 07:01 AM

For what it's worth, I definitely think he's "one to watch", to use that staple of horrible music journalese.

Incidentally, fans of Sam Carter may wish to check out the music of Citizen Helene, a singer-songwriter whose music is very inspired by Pet Sounds era Beach Boys and Big Star. Sam Carter plays guitar on her new EP.

This is her here:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/citizenhelene?sk=app_178091127385


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 07:39 AM

Thanks for that I'll check her out.


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Subject: RE: Sam Carter at Kings Place in London
From: Tunesmith
Date: 22 Nov 11 - 04:17 PM

I like Sam!
A Nic Jones clone! I don't think so!
Indeed, I think - vocally - Nic was closer to Martin Carthy, than Sam is to Nic.
And, I'm not getting at Nic here because I love the chap!


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