Track Record


Early Years

Elaine Samuels performed solo (and duo with school friend Tracy Scott) as a regular supporter of Staines Folk Club from aged 14, when Staines Folk Club was hosted by Barry Dix in the '70s and we had artistes such as June Tabor and Martin Simpson - amazing!

"Staying Up Late"(1990 - 91)
After performing solo for a year or so (mainly at Twickenham Folk Club but also at other local folk clubs like Staines and Uxbridge) I was asked to be the lead singer (guitar player) with trio "Staying Up Late" with Andy Peters (guitar / bass) and Paul Vile (guitar / mandolin).

Twickenham Folk Club
Chester Folk Club

"Wheatstone Bridge" (1991)
Following the mysterious disappearance of Andy Peters in the summer of '91, myself and Paul Vile (guitar / mandolin) decided to form a duo line up, which we named "Wheatstone Bridge".

"Now and Then" (1991 – 95)
Trio with Peter Jennings (guitar) and Dr John Mulhaus (guitar/banjo/mandolin)

BBC Radio 2 (Interview with Nick Barraclough for David Allan Country Show 95)


Battersea Folk Club, Bourne Folk Club, Staines Folk Club, Windsor Arts Centre, The Last Straw Folk Club (London N7), Willows Folk Club (Arundel), The Star Inn Folk Club (Manchester), Battersea Arts Centre (British Bluegrass CD launch concert 95),
Wadhurst Bluegrass Day
Edale Bluegrass Festival – support to Alison Krauss

British Bluegrass Album (compilation – volume 1)
Cassette album “New Country”


Solo only (1990 – 1994)


1. November 93 – Wire TV “Afternoon Live” recorded at
Kingston’s Bentalls Centre

             Elaine being filmed for TV at Kingston's Bentalls Centre

2. March 94 – “Live At The Y”, televised song contest at
Leicester’s “Y” Theatre  
(I came second out of a bill of full bands).

3. April 94 – HTV’s “The Weekly Eco” (filmed on March 25th on top of Glastonbury Tor)

BBC Radio Essex April 92, May 93 (Rick Christian’s Folk programme)
Wey Valley Radio 94 (Rob Hascall’s “Best of British”)
BBC Suffolk (interview on Pete Jennings Folk Programme)
BBC Kent (desert island discs programme with Mike Lawrence)
Kingston FM, May 94

                                       Viva Radio



GIGS (only significant ones included)
Mean Fiddler (London), Troubadour (London), Bunjies (London), The Forge (London), Road House (Covent Garden - BASCA showcase),
Lilly Montague Hall (London), Souls ‘N’ Eels Folk Club (Northampton), Guildford (Surrey) University, Lewes Folk Club, The Albert “Hole” (Bristol), Railway Folk Club (Portsmouth), Wrecclesham Folk Club, Faversham Folk Club, Pig in the Field Folk Club (Windmill pub, Aldershot),
Singing for the Moon Folk Club (Wraysbury), Acton Trades Union Centre, Orpington Folk Club, Downside Centre (Dunstable),
Twickenham Folk Club, Uxbridge Folk Club, Staines Folk Club, Bourne Folk Club, Folk at the Drum (Folkestone), Deal Folk Club,
Sandwich Folk Club,  Brewery Folk Club, (Rochester), Folk at the Hopbine (Petteridge), Tudor Folk and Blues Club (Chesham),
Dorking Halls
Concert, Red Lion Folk Club (Stevenage), Windsor Arts Centre – Sound Hole and Auditorium, Merlin Theatre (Sheffield),
Wadsley Jack Folk Club (Sheffield), East Durham Folk Club, Hebden Bridge Folk Club.

Kingston Festival, Sidmouth 92 (show case and supports), Windsor Guitar Festival, Broadstairs Festival 92 and 93, Middlesex County Show,
Richmond Festival 93, Whitchurch 93, Square and Compasses 93, Whitby Festival (Hiring Fair) 93, Tenterden Folk Day 93,
Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival 94, Earth Spirit Festival 94, Crewe and Nantwich Festival 94

           Elaine Busking at Sidmouth Festival 92

Isaac Guillory (Clapham Folk Club), John Renbourn (Clapham Folk Club), Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby (WindsorArts Centre), Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle (Troubadour), Jungr and Parker (Rotunda Slough Jan 94), Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies (Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, Feb 94), Roy Bailey (Dan Evans Concert, Dunstable, Feb 94), Albion Band (TAPs Broadmoor project, summer 93),
Albion Band (The Amulet, Shepton Mallet Mar 94)

Heckling (Broadstairs Festival 93)
Song-writing (Broadstairs Festival 93)

Performance Skills (Windsor Guitar Festival)
Song-writing (Windsor Guitar Festival)

Obsession – cassette album
Reach Out For Me – cassette album
Blue Skies – cassette album

Elaine Samuels and Kindred Spirit (1994 – present)

Kindred Spirit Members

Jane Eldridge
– violin, viola  (1994 – 1998)
Laura Hodges
– violin, viola (1995 – 1996)
Mike Patton
– mandolin, guitar (1996 – 1998)
Joey Burke
– bass guitar (1996 – 2005)
Paula Smith
– clarinet, flute, whistle, celtic harp (1996 – 2001)

Sim Jones
– electric violin, electric guitar (1998 – 2006)
Russell Morgan
– drums (2000 – 2005)

Annie Parker
– flute, saxophone (2001 – 2012)
Hugo Louden - drums (2005 – 2006)

Chris Ross – bass guitar (2005 – 2006)

Gavin Jones
- violin (2006 – 2011)
Mike Hislop – bass guitar (2006 – 2020)
Alan Barwise – drums (2007 – present)
Phil Martin
– violin, guitar, viola (2011 – 2014)
David Rowe
– drums (2011 – 2014)
Catherine Dimmock - flute, saxophone (2012 – 2020)
Les Binks - drums (2014 - present)

Chris Goode - drums, percussion & synth (2014 - present)
Martin Ash - violin (2016 - present)
Emily Nash - flute, saxophone, keyboards (2016 - present)
Stevie Mitchell - flute, saxophone, keyboards (2016 - present)

Aleem Saleh – drums (2016 – present)

Paul Critchfield – bass guitar (2017 – present)



Elaine posing with Laura Hodges

Elaine posing with Jane Eldridge

BBC Oxford 94,
Viva Radio 963AM (Michele Stephens 95),
Heartland FM (Perthshire 95),
BBC Radio Kent 96.7FM (Simon Evans 95),
GLR 97,
BBC Radio Berkshire,
Brooklands FM (David Durant, 2010),
Hayes FM (Paul Goodwin Show, 2011)

Annie and Elaine at BBC Radio Berkshire

GIGS (only significant ones included)

Elaine and Paula Hebden Bridge Trades Club

Kindred Spirit Band Half Moon Putney

Elaine and Laura, Swan Stockwell

Elaine and Paula, Leeds Castle, Kent

Frets (London 94), Weavers (London N1 94), Barbican (foyer 95 and 96), Dunstable Folk and Blues Club 95, Rainham Folk Club 95, Hollybush F C (Redbourne 95), Stockton F C (Cleveland, 95), Cockermouth F C (Cumbria 95), ,  Failsworth F C (Manchester 95),
Barnet Folk Club
95, Faversham F C 95, Marquee Café (BASCA showcase 95), Twickenham Folk Club 95, Tudor Folk and Blues Club (Chesham, 96), Railway Inn (Winchester, 96), Chanticleer F C (Dorking 96), Theatre Studio (Beaconsfield 96), Farnham Folk Day 96,
Dorking F C
96, Staines F C 96, Ceilidh Place (Ullapool 96), Topic FC (Bradford 96), Penarth F C (S. Wales, 97), Half Moon (Putney 97),
Grey Horse
(Kingston 97), The Swan (Stockwell 97), Windsor Arts Centre 97, Leeds Castle (Kent 97), Redditch Folk Club 97,
White Horse F C
(Swindon 97), White House Concert (Norwood 97),  Royal Oak F C (Grimsby 97), Focsle F C (Southampton 97),
Hebden Bridge Music Club
(W Yorkshire, 97), Rattan and Rush (Kirkby Stephen, 97), Willows F C (Arundel, 97), Hollybush F C
(Redbourne, 97), Eurotunnel (Kent, 98), Footlights F C (Pulborough, 98), Trident F C (Kent, 98), Penzance Arts Club 98, Marlow Bottom F C 2003, Girls With Guitars monthly shows (Porterhouse, Covent Garden 2004 – 5), Sols Arms Folk and Blues Club (Euston, NW1, 2004),
Anchor F C
(Byfleet, 2004), Union Tavern Folk & Blues Club (London SE5, 2005), The Cavern Club (Liverpool June and Nov 2006),
Riverside Arts Centre
(Sunbury 2008), Central Studio (Basingstoke 2008, 2009), Live Lounge, Brooklands fm Concert (Weybridge, 2010),
All Saints Church Concert
(Windsor, 2010), Riverside Club (Staines, 2010), Leatherhead Theatre 2010 (“Fire and Magic” tour),
Kenton Theatre
(Henley, 2011 - “Fire and Magic” tour), St. Paul’s Church (Brentford, 2011), Farnham Maltings 2011 - “Fire and Magic” tour, Camphill Club (W. Byfleet, 2011), St Augustine's Church, Whitton (band, April 2015), All Hallows Church, Twickenham (band, March 2017, November 2019), Twickenham Baptist Church (band, July 2017), Farncombe Music Club (
Band, July 2017) , Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading (band, November 2017), Exchange Arts Centre, Twickenham (band, March 2018), Twickenham Rowing Club Open Day, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (duo, September 2018),

                   Kindred Spirit at the Cavern Club 2006

Leatherhead Theatre 2010

           Kindred Spirit Band at Leatherhead Theatre (Fire and Magic Tour) 2010



Beverley Martin
(Weavers Arms N1, 94), The Dharmas (Forum, Tunbridge Wells, 95), Tir Na Nog (Half Moon, Putney 95), Wayward Child
(Grey Horse, Kingston, 96), Wayward Child (Bottom Line, Shepards Bush, 96), Wayward Child (The Swan, Stockwell, 96), Big Jig
(The Swan, Stockwell, 96), Martin Carthy (Torrington Arms, London N12, 98), Lindisfarne (Devizes Corn Exchange, 98), Robin Williamson (Nettlebed Folk Club), Carmina (Nettlebed Folk Club), Dean Howard Band (Gillingham 2006)
, Curved Air (March 2017), Gryphon (duo, March 2018)



Glastonbury Festival 95, Cleckheaton Festival 95, Droylsden Festival (Manchester 95), Richmond Riverside Festival 95, Guildford Folk and Blues Festival 95, North Bucks Folk and Blues Festival 96 and 97, Portsmouth Dockyard Festival 96, Rochester Sweeps Festival 97, Kingston May Merrie 97, Bromley Festival 97, Doncaster Festival 97, Richmond Festival 97, Hemel Hempstead Festival 97, Southsea Show 97, North Devon Folk and Blues Festival 98, Live in the Square (Alton, 2004), Alford Festival (Lincs, 2004), Song-writer Festival (Windsor Arts Centre 2004 and 2005), Party in the Paddock (Bordon, 2004), Richmond May Fair (2002 and many later years), Farnham Free Festival 2005, Grayshott Jamboree 2005, Farnham Carnival 2005, Shorne Wood Country Park Festival (Kent 2005),
Kingston Green Fair 2006, Silfest (Sunningdale 2006),  Brentford Festival (2006 and later years), Yellow Umbrella Day (Chiswick, 2006), Ambient Picnic Festival (Epsom, 2007), Basingstoke Live 2007, Weyfest (Farnham 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014), Beacon Hill Beer Festival (Hindhead, 2009), Riverside Arts Festival (Sunbury, 2009), Marlow Festival 2010, Twickenham Green Fete 2011, Odiham Festival (2014-16), Hanwell Carnival (duo 2014), Kew Fete (2014, 2015 & 2016), Four Play Prog Rock Festival (2016 & 2017), Claygate Music Festival (March 2017 & 2018), Nineteen73 Live at the Robin 2, Bilston (2017), Tall Ships Regatta, Greenwich (duo April 2017), Hornsey Music Festival (duo, July 2017), Fleet Beer Festival (2016, 17, 18, 19), A New Day Festival, Faversham (band, August 2017), Surrey Food Festival, Richmond (duo, April 2018), Ventnor Fringe Festival, Isle of Wight (duo, August 2018), HRH Prog 7 Festival, North Wales (band, November 2018)


Jane and Elaine at Richmond Riverside 1995

Kindred Spirit Band at Kingston May Merrie

Jane and Elaine at North Bucks Folk and Blues Festival

Elaine and Paula at Southsea Festival

Jane and Elaine at Portsmouth Dockyard Festival

Elaine and Mike at the Richmond Festival

Catherine Dimmock, Elaine Samuels, Martin Ash, Les Binks and Mike Hislop

Catherine Dimmock, Alan Barwise, Elaine Samuels, Mike Hislop and Martin Ash


Performance Skills
(+ Dan Evans, 94)
Song-writing (+ Dan Evans, Luton College 94)
Mystic Journey show (Windsor Arts Centre 2003)
Song-writer Festival (Windsor Arts Centre 2004 and 2005 - organiser)
Creative Music Weekend, song-writing tutor (Lower Shaw Farm, Swindon 2008)
West London Song Contest (Castle PH, Isleworth, 2008)
Open Mic Nights (monthly, from 2009) - include song-writing competitions
Ailsa Festival (July 2013) - included a talent contest

Song-writer Weekend Workshop (Twickenham Library 2015 - co-organiser with Surya Cooper)

Four Play Prog Rock Festival (Acoustic Couch, Bracknell, April 2016 & 2017 - co-organiser with Baz Cilia)

Extraordinary Charity Art Auction
(Richmond Upon Thames College, auctioneer Charlie Ross, June 2017) 


Dragonfire – (filk) compilation cassette - 94
Dance of Life – released 97 – CD
The Watchers - released 2002 - CD
Origins – CD compilation of 3 early cassette albums
Free Spirit – released 2001 - live CD
Spirit Rising – released 2002 - live CD
Mystic Journey – released 2003 -  live double CD
In The Doghouse released 2005 - CD
Metamorphosis – released 2009 - CD
Phoenix Rising - released 2015 - CD
Elemental - released 2019 - CD