Sam Arkut is a 20 year old folk singer, songwriter and guitarist from East Riding of Yorkshire, who lives in a village of Anlaby, near Hull. He started learning guitar at the age of 15, when he discovered some of his biggest influences that made him enthusiastic in learning.
He plays the acoustic guitar in a different unique way called percussive-fingerstyle-guitar, which involves hitting the body of the guitar as a percussive instrument and tapping the strings at the same time as well as singing to suit his playing. His style of playing is hugely influenced by Newton Faulkner.
He has supported Alexandra Burke, Marcus Collins, Elliott Morris (played many shows with Ed Sheeran) and David Barton (performed along side with Catherine Jenkins and Jamie Cullum). He has performed at Hull City Hall, Sheffield City Hall and he has also performed on the IndigO2 stage at the O2 arena in London.
Open Mic UK 2013 Finalist!
He has been given an award for his best original song ‘Sitting By The River’ in North of England and Scotland in 2012.
Hull Star search Finalist 2012 & 2013!
He has performed live radio on the David Burns show and James Hoggarth show on BBC Radio Humberside and Alan Raw’s show on BBC Introducing Humberside. His original tracks have gained some airplay on BBC Introducing Humberside and his original track ‘Waste Your Time’ has gained airplay on BBC Radio Leeds on the ‘The Mark Forrest Evening Show’ across the country.
He has performed in festivals, such as Springboard festival, Filey Folk Festival, Filey Blues Festival, Hull Folk festival, Hull Pride, Siren Sound summer and winter festival, Hull Trinity festival, Mat Fest, Briggstock Acoustic Festival.
After playing all these gigs and festivals, he is hoping to continue performing more gigs as much as he can for everyone to enjoy his music, as well as creating more fan base and see where it takes him.
Ben Price (Head of A&R Record Label) – “Very unique. Always looked forward to hear his performance”.
Mark Forrest – (BBC Radio Leeds – The Mark Forrest evening show) – “He’s got quite a distinctive voice!”.
David Burns (BBC Radio Humberside) – “He might be a big musical star! Very, very talented!”
James Hoggarth (BBC Radio Humberside) – “Very genuine and very talented!”
Rob Underwood (BBC Radio Lincolnshire) – “You have to see it to believe it!”
Viking FM – “Who was that guy making his guitar sounding like there is more than one instrument!”
Alan Raw (BBC Introducing Humberside) – “Makes the guitar sound like an orchestra!”
Hull Daily Mail – “Play it again Sam, but this time at the O2!”
David Barton (supported Jamie Cullum and Katherine Jenkins) – “I wouldn’t want to choose a favourite, but if I had to it would be Sam Arkut.”
Ryan Keen – “Hey Sam, good work man!”
Thomas Leeb – “Keep it up, you sound good!”