Samuel Alexander Barbour
Hello and welcome to my Tunebubble Biography!
Firstly, may I thank my family, friends & teachers for making my musical dreams a reality! x
The Story so Far:
Early Musical Career:
Ever since my father started teaching me to play the guitar at the age of 11 I have been hooked ever since!
During my teenage years growing up in the UK, I predominantly played rock, blues, jazz, funk, soul, rnb and folk music on my electric guitar. I played in numerous bands from the age of 15 and wrote songs with fellow members. From school to college to full-time work I played electric guitar and sang backing vocals in working bands at the weekends and during holidays. These formative years in music gave me a deep understanding of the realities of the working musician.
At the age of 16 I started studying classical guitar with Neil Smith. Classical guitar is a pursuit that continues to this day! At the age of 20, I embarked on a 4-year degree in Classical music at Edinburgh Napier University and was awarded a 2:1 degree. Over the years, I have had the great privilege of studying guitar under so many wonderful teachers. These include my father, Brian Eagles, Steve Barratt, Tony Hale, Neil Smith, Roger Quin, Gordon Ferries and Simon Thacker. I am deeply indebted to them all. Thank you.
I have been writing original songs since I was a teenager. However, my first professionally arranged and recorded song was 'Far Across the Night Sky'. It was recorded in June, 2016 at AYM Studios, Hong Kong with Anthony Wong and Fion Ip and released later that year. I have since recorded another 4 songs with them. My sincere thanks to them both for their help.
2017 and 2018 saw me perform at numerous venues including a spot on RTHK3 Morning Brew on 30th August, 2017 to showcase 'Far Across the Night Sky' as well as a live performance of two other songs: 'Hope (Love Never Dies)' and 'Mermaid'.
On June 26th, 2018, I was the opening act at the annual H2 Live Music Festival at The Wanch in Hong Kong. I was also one of the featured artists in Time Out magazine’s review of the H2 Festival. In both 2017 and 2018, my songs were featured on the official H2/Time Out Playlist (Far Across the Night Sky and Freefalling).
I was back on RTHK3 with three new songs on the 24th of July, 2018 including my fourth single, 'Caledonia Dreaming' released on 4th July, 2018. It has since gone on to be well received and was played on UK radio in December, 2018. (My first radio play outside of Hong Kong) and subsequently across a range of stations in 2019. It has also been used as advertising music for Scotlands new NC500 tourist route website also sometimes referred to as Scotland's Route 66.
2019 to Present:
2019 has been a productive year so far with several radio interviews and live performances:
Radio Interviews & Performances:
-RTHK3 Morning Brew with James Ross (1st May)
-CamGlen Radio, Scotland with Rosalyn Barclay (11th August, 2019)
-Cumbrae Community Radio with Liz and Alan Dundas (15th August, 2019)
Live Performances, 2019:
-Mini-concert at the Ukulele Federation, Hong Kong
-1st June - My first ticketed Concert - Jao-Tsung-I Academy, Hong Kong
-27th July - Charity concert for North Ayrshire Cancer Care, Scotland (Raised over 200 pounds)
-The World’s Big Sleep Out-Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong-7th December, 2019 (Streetsleeper & Caledonia Dreaming)
Releases in 2019:
-Teacher Ham's English Songs for Children Vol. 1-Ding Dong Hong Kong! was released on the 12th February, 2019 on CDBaby.
-My fifth single, 'Hope (Love Never Dies)' was released on the 8th March, 2019. A EP was burned comprising all 5 songs to date: 1. Far Across the Night Sky, 2. Caledonia Dreaming, 3. Hope (Love Never Dies) 4. Timecatcher, 5. Freefalling
Radio Play 2019:
Latest News/Upcoming Releases 2019:
-Teacher Ham's English Songs for Children Vol. 2 (Back to the Classroom!) was released on the 1st of September, 2019 on CDBaby.
-My debut EP, Hope (Love Never Dies) was featured in Issue #17 of Clouzine Contemporary Music Magazine (Oct-Nov-Dec) in November, 2019.
-My Peter-Pan inspired debut single, Far Across the Night Sky reached number #37 on the top 40 chart of April's Scottish New Music Global Chart (SNMGC). Hope (Love Never Dies) also reached number #32 in the November, 2019 chart respectively.
-Far Across the Night Sky was also awarded WINNER of Best Children’s Song at the Clouzine International Music Magazine Awards (Fall, 2019)
-My 6th single, Streetsleeper, recorded in Scotland in August, 2019 was released on the 30th November on CDBaby and all other major digital distributors. Produced by good friend Stephen Bull & mastered by Pete Maher. 100% of any sales/streams proceeds from this track will be split 50/50 between two registered charities for the homeless: The Social Bite & ImpactHK. I really hope that you can purchase the song for this good cause. Together we can eradicate the awful disease of homelessness affecting millions of people across the world each day and night.
I am also delighted to announce that I performed Streetsleeper & Caledonia Dreaming live at The World’s Big Sleep Out at Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong on the 7th December, 2019. (My birthday!) It was an amazing experience and I was truly humbled to take part.
Streetsleeper also reached #34 on the top 40 chart of December’s Scottish New Music Global Chart (SNMGC) which I was delighted about. It has also had notable airplay in the UK, USA, Australia & South Africa including on Jim Gellatly’s Amazing Radio Sunday Show among others.
-As of Week 50, 2019 all 6 songs that I have released thus far have had a total of 100+ airplays on radio stations in Hong Kong, England, Scotland, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Canada and the USA respectively. This year, my music on Spotify has been heard in 43 countries worldwide. Thank you so much to all stations who have supported my music.
-News of upcoming gigs from January 2020 will be posted in due course. Stay tuned!
Future Projects 2020:
Music has been written for my debut album which I aim to record with Stephen Bull & Pete Maher and release in late-2020. Stay tuned!
I hope you find my music interesting and inspiring.
Thank you for your support!
-It is my hope that I can continue to grow and improve and be recognized as a songwriter and it is with this aim in mind that I hope to share my music.
*If you think my music would be suitable as part of a film soundtrack, advertisement or suchlike please contact me for more details. Likewise, I am happy to collaborate with fellow artists on old or new projects in both English and Cantonese. I am based in Hong Kong and although I am a primary school English teacher by trade I am also available for projects as a classically-trained session guitarist (all styles of guitar), vocals, English narration, songwriting (a range of different styles) and composition.
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