The Garden of England (Seeds of Love) / The Moon Shines Bright

The Garden of England (Seeds of Love) / The Moon Shines Bright

Friday, 29 November 2019, 9.00am

Two new singles from Sam Lee’s forthcoming album Old Wow, out on 10 January.



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Why I gave the above rating: 

Sam Lee’s music, his performances and environmental activism are a positive reminder of the wonders we are surrounded by. From his singing with nightingales to his reimagining of folk songs to his Fire Choir protest ensemble, he pushes deep into the concerns of our time. He also has a unique voice and musicality, and if you haven’t listened to him closely before, try the a cappella version of ‘Lovely Molly’ with London's Roundhouse Choir ( or his Tiny Desk Concert ( These two new songs ‘The Garden of England (Seeds of Love)’ and ’The Moon Shines Bright’ are from his forthcoming album 'Old Wow', which is out on 10 January. Both are subtle songs with poetic lyrics, reflecting on how under pressure nature is and the importance of connection to the ‘bigger things in this world’. ‘The Garden of England (Seeds Of Love)’, written by James Keay and Lee, reads: ’The garden of England once bloomed it’s sound assault / Now destined for some bouquet / No roses in this display.’ ‘The Moon Shines Bright’ is an adaptation of an old folk song received from 93-year-old English Gypsy Freda Black – ‘For our time is not long / Time’s an old folk song.’ In the middle, Elizabeth Fraser songs a fragment of the song ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’. Voice control, crafted melodies, thoughtful arrangements, there’s always a lot to think about and appreciate in Lee’s work.

Dec 10, 2019

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