Awake My Soul is the incredible live concert celebrating Mumford and Sons, one of the most famous British folk-rock bands of the 21st century and their unique sound. You’ll be taken on the story of their musical journey from West London dive bars to sell-out stadium tours, multi-platinum albums and a private performance for Barrack Obama.
Featuring a spectacular live four-piece band bringing to the stage Mumford & Sons' distinct sound with all their very best music including Little Lion Man, I Will Wait and Awake My Soul. This is a Stomp and Holler not to be missed!
We sat down with Sam Freeman to ask him about his new project.
What drew you to Awake My Soul: The Mumford and Sons Story?
Me and Matthew Emeny (Co-creator) have had a wonderful time working together over the last 4 years, writing and performing our shows across the UK. A huge part of our theatre is live music, and our style of folk rock was always inspired by our love of Mumford & Sons. We’d tour all summer in our van, listening to our favourite band, and thinking, what if we created a show dedicated to our love of this amazing group!?
How did you go about creating the show?
It always starts with the band, and forming a group of talented musicians with a passion for folk-revival was a must. Then, lots of research. How did they form? What were those early years like? How did they make those tracks? And of course, at its heart, their really great music.
What is it about Mumford and Son's music that is so enduring?
I think Mumford and Sons were really at the centre of a moment. Alongside a choice of other fantastic bands, folk revival was brought into the forefront of rock. The effect it had on popular music since is undeniable. Not only that, but their sound really defines a time, fashion and culture that so many people will remember and associate with wonderful memories.
What are you most looking forward to about touring the show?
I cannot wait to travel across the UK and meet so many incredible fans. All of us together in one place, it’s going to be one big stomp and holler party!
How did you get into theatre and acting?
Growing up in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, I was lucky to have an amazing theatre right on my doorstep. Through my education in music, drama and attending the Torch Youth Theatre program, I developed a love and desire to work in the arts. After some formal training and a few years on the job I can safely say I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
What do you like about being an Actor and Musician in Wales?
Performing arts is culturally linked to the identity of Wales, from the Mabinogion to the Eisteddfod, Male Voice Choirs, Rugby chants, Dylan Thomas, Stereophonics…I could go on! Working in Wales does something special in my head and heart. It is hard to describe, but I feel there is a true sense of home performing here. I know that I wouldn’t have become who I was if it wasn’t for the creatives I witnessed growing up, and I hope, in my own small way, I can give that opportunity for future generations to come.
Awake My Soul: The Mumford and Sons Story is playing William Aston Hall, Wrexham on 10th March 2024 - click here to find out more.