Sam Proctor is one of the most in-demand fiddle players on the Irish music scene in London. He has performed at major venues across the UK and internationally, and been a mainstay on the session scenes in London and the South East for over five years. Originally from Nottingham, Sam took up the fiddle at the age of 8, immediately showing a great aptitude and affinity for traditional music. Sam’s parents were staunch supporters of traditional music and ran the famous Co-op Folk Club in Nottingham. Through the club, folk festivals and family holidays in Ireland, Sam was continually exposed to Irish music and musicians throughout his formative years. Already and accomplished musician by the age of 13, Sam began attending Irish music sessions on a regular basis, and at 16 joined his first band, the Celtic Rock group Da Dog.
Sam completed a degree in sound recording at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2001, performing and attending sessions throughout the North West whilst studying. He spent the year following his degree touring the USA, Asia and Australia, having been invited to join the dance show ‘Spirit of Ireland’. In 2003 Sam moved to the London area to become a tutor in Music Technology at Thames Valley University, and at the recommendation of Luke Daniels began attending the legendary Irish session at The Herschel Arms pub in Slough, one of the longest running and most coveted sessions in the South East. He has been the anchor musician at this session and sessions in central London ever since. Sam has performed extensively throughout the UK, including at the Camden and Hammersmith Irish centres, the Return to Camden Town, Liverpool and Wimbourne Festivals, at the Leeds Gathering, and in Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.