Court In Session: Songwriter Series


North York Moors Special

February’s edition of The Songwriter Series celebrates the rich musical heritage of North Yorkshire with two talented young artists who have drawn inspiration from their time growing up around the Moors. A place of dark, melancholic beauty, ghostly castles and abbeys, and a hauntingly tranquil atmosphere, this region has an incredibly vibrant musical history giving rise to many of Britain’s most celebrated songwriters including Ed Sheeran, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Knopfler, James Arthur, Paul Rodgers, Chris Rea, Joe Cocker, Bryan Ferry, as well as members of Kaiser Chiefs, The Beautiful South, and The Housemartins.

Amy May Ellis

Amy grew up in the middle of the North York Moors. At the age of 16 she moved to York where she earned a reputation for her captivating and moving performances. 

Now based in London Amy has received support from BBC introducing, BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade for her debut EP, "Weathered By Waves” recorded in York at Crooked Room Studio, together with a local group of talented friends and musicians.


Sam Lunn

Originally hailing from Helmsley in North Yorkshire, Sam takes influence from his formative years around the North York Moors. Growing up listening to artists such as Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead - he blends together a unique style of alternative folk and progressive-rock that is hard not to be drawn into. Mostly playing solo, but has been known to appear with supporting musicians and has even taken to the stage accompanied by Jack Casady of “Jefferson Airplane” and "Hot Tuna." Sam is now writing and recording at his home in Northamptonshire.


Entrance is free to all and the music will take place in the bar.

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