Sam Sallon (born 6 January 1980) is an English musician, singer and songwriter. Born in London and raised in Manchester, he is the fourth child of eight. His first release Kathy's Song EP was released on Indigo-Octagon in January 2013, followed by the debut album One for the Road in September that year. In April 2014 Sallon picked up three awards at the Exposure Music Awards in London including Best Act Overall.[1] In June 2014 he won an international Independent Music Award in the best Folk/Singer-songwriter category for his song "You Are Home".[2] He has performed solo at the Royal Albert Hall opening for Pete Doherty, the Royal Festival Hall opening for Lyle Lovett and the Queen Elizabeth Hall opening for the Neil Cowley Trio. Other notable support slots have been with Lucy Rose, Johnny Flynn, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Nick Harper and Nouvelle Vague.[3][4][5]

Sam Sallon
Sam Sallon live at Troubadour.jpg
Sam Sallon at The Troubadour, London 2012
Background information
Born (1980-01-06) 6 January 1980 (age 40)
London, England
GenresAcoustic, folk rock
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Associated actsNeil Cowley, Paul Wassif, Kami Thompson

Kathy's Song EPEdit

Released in January 2013 Kathy's Song EP includes the title track, a cover of the 1965 Paul Simon song. The EP was received favourably,[6][7][8] and the song received support from DJ Chris Hawkins at BBC 6music after Hawkins came to a gig in London, describing Sallon as "a special songwriter and captivating performer".[9]

One for the RoadEdit

One for the Road
Studio album by
Sam Sallon
ReleasedSeptember 2013
ProducerDavid Watson
Singles from One for the Road
  1. "You May Not Mean To Hurt Me (But You Do)"
    Released: 25 March 2013
  2. "Long Way Down"
    Released: 27 May 2013

Recorded on and off during a period of two years with producer David Watson, the debut album One for the Road features among its musicians Neil Cowley, Paul Wassif and Kami Thompson from The Rails.[10][11] The album was critically acclaimed, Mojo Magazine praising the album as "a finely crafted debut",[10] and Maverick Magazine calling it "a potential album of the year".[12] The singles "You May Not Mean To Hurt Me (But You Do)" and "Long Way Down" both received plays on BBC Radio 2 supported by DJs Dermot O'Leary and Clare Balding.[13] British singer Lianne La Havas has expressed strong admiration for the album.[14] The album cover was shot at Beachy Head by photographer Jean-Philippe Defaut.[15]


  • Kathy's Song EP (2013)
  • "You May Not Mean To Hurt Me (But You Do)" (single)
  • "Long Way Down" (single)
  • One for the Road (2013)


  1. ^ Exposure Music Awards 2013/14 Winners; published 03/04/14; retrieved 10/05/14
  2. ^ Independent Music Awards; published 03/06/14; retrieved 05/06/14
  3. ^ Directory Of Musicians, at the Musicians' Union of the United Kingdom; published 2010; retrieved 15 April 2014
  4. ^ "Neil Cowley Trio – Southbank Centre". Southbank Centre. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  5. ^ Daily Star Profile; published 14 January 2013, retrieved 22-04-14
  6. ^ Music Week Review; page 8; published 7 December 2012 retrieved 22-04-14
  7. ^ Acoustic Magazine Review; issue #75; published January 2013, retrieved 22-04-14
  8. ^ Hit Sheet Review; Issue 159; page 3; published December 2012 retrieved 22-04-14
  9. ^ BBC Programs – Chris Hawkins, January 2013, retrieved 15-04-14
  10. ^ a b Mojo Magazine; Issue 239; page 98; published October 2013, retrieved 22-04-14
  11. ^ R2 Rock'n'Reel; vol. 12 no. 39; published May/June 2013, retrieved 22-04-14
  12. ^ Maverick Magazine; Issue 121; page 88; published July/August 2013, retrieved 05-06-14
  13. ^ BBC Radio 2 – listings; published June 2013, retrieved 15-04-14
  14. ^ Lianne La Havas interview – The Couch Sessions; published 15 August 2013, retrieved 15-04-14
  15. ^ The Monostery; published 2013; retrieved 08-06-14