Folk at the Foundling: Jimmy and Sid + Samantha Whates
Folk at the Foundling: Jimmy and Sid + Samantha Whates

Folk at the Foundling: Jimmy and Sid + Samantha Whates

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
28 Apr 2017
  • Music
Enjoy traditional and contemporary music in a double-bill from two of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene.

Jimmy and Sid (Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith) have fast built a reputation for their arresting and moving performances of traditional and original folk song from the British Isles. Their sensitive musical arrangements and stunning vocals bring an integrity to their performances, telling stories of hardship, joy, struggle and celebration. Their second album Night Hours (2016) has been well-received by critics, with its driving banjo and guitar arrangements alongside close vocal harmonies. Samantha Whates‘ beguiling voice draws on the contemporary music scene, whilst retaining a strong affinity with the traditional music of her Scottish roots. She has performed throughout the UK and at major London venues including Union Chapel, Vortex and Cecil Sharp House, with her debut album of original works Dark Nights Make For Brighter Days (2013) enjoying critical acclaim and radio play on BBC 6 Music.

Folk at the Foundling brings traditional music from the British Isles and beyond to the unique surroundings of the Foundling Museum, showcasing folk legends and breakthrough artists. Set in the our intimate Picture Gallery, the evenings offer the chance to explore the Museum and learn about our rich musical past. Guests can wander through the beautiful rooms whilst enjoying a drink, before hearing music from some of today’s best folk artists, brought to you by The Nest Collective.

Doors 18:30, concert 19:00 | Bar open from 18:30

Advance tickets £12, £10 concessions & Foundling Friends (£14/£12 on the door)

The Foundling Museum is a registered charity and all income from ticket sales supports our work.


  • Exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted and beautifully realised songs

    Praise for Jimmy and Sid, Folk Radio 
  • Understated, otherworldy…absorbing. The ghosts of Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan and Suzanne Vega whisper their presence.

    Praise for Samantha Whates, FATEA Magazine