Singer Sam Carter meets the stars during live TV performance

Folk singer Sam Carter, from Whissendine
Folk singer Sam Carter, from Whissendine

A folk singer is enjoying national exposure after appearing on a television show and rubbing shoulders with music legends.

Sam Carter, 29, grew up in Whissendine where he learned to play the guitar and sing.

He moved to London in 2004 to concentrate on his music career and last month enjoyed one of the highlights so far, appearing on a live Tuesday edition of BBC 2’s Later...with Jools Holland.

The former Whissendine Primary School and Vale of Catmose College pupil was introduced as hailing from Rutland. He performed Jack Hall, a song from his new album The No Testament.

The programme was headlined by ska pioneers Madness, and Sam was lucky enough to share a beer with lead singer Suggs after the show.

He said: “It was quite a strange environment but I enjoyed it and the performance went well.

“Doing live TV is a bit of a buzz. You have to get it right, although its not that different from playing live.

“I had a chat with Jools who said he really liked the album, which was great to hear.

“I even had a beer with Suggs in the dressing room afterwards.

“It was nice to get a bit of a mention for my home county as well.”

The No Testament is Sam’s second album, following his debut Keepsakes, and was released in August.

Sam, who won the best newcomer prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2010, is now concentrating on promoting the new album with a national tour.

Unfortunately he has no Rutland gigs planned at the moment, but he will be playing at Market Harborough Theatre on December 1. He added: “I have some exciting things coming up next year.”

Visit www.samcartermusic.co.uk to listen to Sam.