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Les Sampou


Boston MA




Les Sampou is an Americana mix of folk, rock and blues. She sang Joan Baez at age 5, Janis Joplin at age 12, and studied guitar at the feet of W.C. Handy award winner Paul Rishell in her mid 20's. Sampou got her professional start in the Boston folk scene in the nineties. Since then she has toured the US, Canada and Europe playing clubs and concert halls and such prestigious festivals as Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Blues Fest, Kerrville Folk Festival (where she won the coveted "New Folk" Songwriting Award), and has been a long time favorite at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Les has given workshops at Berklee College of Music and appeared on top syndicated radio programs such as Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, and NPR. Sampou has released five albums, two on Rounder Records. Her 2010 release "Lonesomeville" expands the range of her critically-acclaimed four previous efforts, topping the Freeform American Roots Charts at Number 2. "Sampou has written all the songs of "Lonesomeville" with Raymond Carver's hard-edged minimalism and Emily Dickinson's startling poetic images." Chris Bergeron, Daily News


Friday March 18



Creekside at Hilton Garden Inn


500 N IH 35


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