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Adelaide's Cape unfurls busy year of gigs and a new EP

Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor is based between Norwich and Bath

If you've scoured the local gig listings lately then you will have noticed one name that keeps on appearing.

Adelaide's Cape is the musical moniker of singer-songwriter Sam Taylor and his ever-changing acoustic folk act that this year will ebb and flow from a one-man band to a seven-piece group.

Recently, Sam has appeared at The Birdcage in Norwich's Pottergate after being hand-picked to support current folk darling and Virgin Records signing Alessi's Ark.

It gave the 20-year-old a chance to bond again with music lovers in his home city as he juggles his time between Norwich and Bath, where he recently started a creative writing degree.

Sam will appear again at The Birdcage on Thursday, 8 April.

Spiritual home

While the Edinburgh-born singer's Scottish burr still threads through the vocals of his tracks, the former Wymondham High pupil, who moved to the county as a youngster, regards Norwich as Adelaide's Cape's spiritual home.

"I think people probably know us best in Norwich purely from meeting people at gigs and living there, but it's nice to be able to play a range of venues," said Sam.

"I think I know Norwich best and people from Norwich know us best because essentially we're a Norwich band.

"Our promoters and managers and friends and all the band stuff has been done in Norwich before I moved to Bath. I feel like it's our musical hub."

Sam Taylor
Sam's debut EP features the musical talents of a cast of friends

The Norwich Arts Centre gig will be Sam's last before the London launch of Adelaide's Cape debut five-track EP, Last Sleep in Albion, on Norwich-based label Dustbowl Records.

The EP's release on 6 March has given Sam the chance to explore his love of different instruments although his desire for a full-blown sound was a struggle at times.

"It's been a tiresome time but all is well now," he said. "It's been a lot of hard work.

"But it's good that it hasn't just been drums and a guitar - we've ended up playing a whole range of instruments. I even think I ended up playing violin at some point. It's really nice to hear the songs larger than they usually are."

Long-held aim

While it's been Sam's aim to release a record for the past two years, it wasn't until the end of 2009 approached that he decided to muster all his firepower.

"We did the whole thing in a week and a half. We recorded it in five days and then mixed it," he said.

"Getting the EP together was stressful but it was really enjoyable and brilliant because we got all of our friends involved."

Having a large group of musical mates eager to lend their talents has also meant that Sam could indulge his ambition to expand the parameters of Adelaide's Cape's live set - with a trio for his spring tour and a seven-piece band for his summer dates.

"I've always wanted to make music as big as possible and be able to do it on my own too," said Sam.

"I think the good thing about acoustic music is that you can do anything with it."

Adelaide's Cape's strapping sound will unfold to the beats of drums and congas and the strains of the violin, banjo, double bass and piano, which while exciting has led Sam to fret over travel arrangements for his musicians, mostly made up of university friends.

"It's going to be quite difficult to transport a double bass and drum kit around, I think we might need a train!"

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Watch an exclusive interview and performance from Adelaide's Cape filmed in the BBC Voices' Norwich studio.

Introducing video: Adelaide's Cape
15 Jan 10 |  BBC Introducing



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