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I first came across Samantha Whates when she performed as a backup singer for Jess Bryant at the union chapel when I played there many moons go. I was intrigued by her voice and decided to check out her own material and this track 'Black & Blue' stood out for me with its lush guitar part, a bit of glockenspiel and strings, you know I love those strings.

This is a tune for the early dark nights when you start to notice the changes in Autumn with the light fading earlier. This is such a gentle tune that you can ease into the journey home with this. As Samantha sings 'there's no looking back' as the journey begins!

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About the Curator: Sam Murray

Sam Murray - Musicto Curator

Sam Murray is a liability when it come to music, he harbours a secret passion for cheese but most of all actually believe the Eurovision Song Contest has good songs, and that if he played them to you without knowing it was from the contest, you would love it too!

It is said if you cut Sam open out will fall a punch card for a music box and a drum for a heart powered by every step he takes. He is a professional clarinetist and plays in several bands in a variety of style. He also holds a Masters Degree in Popular Music, so you would hope he knows his stuff, and is currently working towards a Popular Music PhD exploring the music scene in Portland Oregon.

Sam holds three fundamental truths in life:

  1. Everyone can make music
  2. Music is best made when answering questions and solving problems
  3. There is no such thing as a ‘guilty pleasure’, own your dark music secrets!!

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