Join us for an intimate evening of live music following the launch of our first exhibition of the year in our main gallery space: SAMPLELYSIUM Cork + Swansea – Artist Studio Network. Following the exhibition launch at 7pm, music will commence around 9pm.
Fresh from selling out their Scandinavian tour, James Walker and Daisy Chute are bringing their acclaimed folk music to intimate venues across the UK! This special tour celebrates the release of new music from both artists, offering you a chance to hear their latest creations first.
Scottish/American singer-songwriter Daisy Chute has found a loyal following through her award-winning songwriting and jaw-dropping vocals. Receiving the FATEA EP of 2022 award for ‘Songs of Solace‘, Daisy followed up with her latest EP ‘Maiden, Mother, Crone‘ launched in April 2023.
Regularly selling out shows across the UK, Europe and US, Daisy can be spotted with a guitar or banjo at top arts venues such as Kings Place London, Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh and Stables Milton Keynes and festivals including Black Deer, Bristol Folk, Cambridge Folk, Beardy Folk, Wickham and Glastonbury.
Possessed with a “gorgeous voice” (Guy Garvey, Elbow) and recognised as a ‘committed, professional and creative songwriter’ (Sir Ray Davies, The Kinks), Daisy and her original music features regularly on BBC Radio including London, Scotland, Ulster, Surrey and Sussex (Record of the Week), and television including BBC 1/2/3, ITV, C4 and Sky. Her music is also playlisted across thousands of Tesco and Caffe Nero stores around the world.
With an abundance of recording credits, you may have heard Daisy’s vocals before without even realising. Credits range from TV favourites like ITV’s ‘Endeavour’ and David Attenborough documentaries to film soundtracks like ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Shaun the Sheep’ movies. For fans of games you may have heard her sing in Simlish or play banjo for EA Games’ The Sims 4 or heard her backing vocals for iconic band albums such as Radiohead ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ and Justice’s Grammy-winning ‘Woman Worldwide’.
As a teenager, Daisy was a founding member and featured vocalist in the chart-topping Classical Brit nominated band All Angels. Often performing with orchestra, the vocal quartet regularly played venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, O2 Arena and even Wembley Stadium for the Champions League finals. After one performance at the Classical Brit Awards at the RAH, Sir Paul McCartney even gave Daisy a thumbs up for her ‘low notes’! Despite releasing multiple albums as a vocalist, Daisy has yet to release a full length album of original music – this hotly anticipated debut ‘Throne’ is due out in 2024.
When she’s not touring or in the studio, Daisy loves songwriting and collaboration and is a regular on Chris Difford’s retreats where she gets to rub shoulders and collaborate with musical legends like Beth Nielsen Chapman, Judie Tzuke, Donna Taggart and Jamie Lawson. She is also currently co-writing a musical about the Lancashire witch trials entitled ‘Coven’ due to be premiered in 2025.
Over the past decade, James Walker has spent no more than three months in any one place. After a turbulent adolescence fraught with difficulties, two open-heart surgeries, drug dependence, parental instability, and unhealthy personal relationships, it’s no wonder James feels the need to run toward – or away from – something greater than him.
This chosen statelessness and self-reliance has allowed James to introspect extensively and craft a defined and distinctive narrative voice. Urgent themes of identity and longing shroud his work; nostalgia for an un-had normality, yearning for lost love, and a heady sense of self-realization are explored in his poetic and intelligent lyrics.
Initially, James regarded himself as a fiercely independent artist, writing his material in isolation, self-producing, booking concerts, managing, and promoting his music. However in recent years, he has found friendship and created music with artists such as Nathan Nicholson, Pollyanna, Richard Walters, Judy Blank, Cooza, Youri Lentjes, Suzooki Swift, Daisy Chute, and partnered with esteemed label Snafu Records (catalogue of twenty Grammy nominations, artists including Rani, Kevin Garrett, Sam Macpherson).
His most recent release, a collaborative EP with Rain Adair (singer of MMX, tour history with The 1975 and Pretty Reckless) and Isaac Wriston (bass player for H.E.R, Jasmine Sullivan) under the moniker Settling, is a confessional and emotive exploration of childhood trauma, addiction, loss and eventual recovery. It draws on sonic cues from artists such as Pinegrove, and Bon Iver, and was funded by Arts Council England.
To date James has performed at over 1,250 concerts worldwide, gathered over 35 million streams across all DSPs, and been BBC Introducing’s “Artist Of The Week”. He will be touring extensively in 2024, and releasing a body of work including co-writes with Adam Lee (Emeli Sandé, Lizzy Mcalpine).