Samuel Bester


Samuel Bester, troubadour, a singer-songwriter with roots influences. His lyrics speak of the human condition, political, personal and other stories from life, often daring to delve into the deep, yet carrying an underlying positive message - one that reflects Samuel’s own determination for better living. His influences are varied. As an indication, if you think of the folk/pop sensibilities of Cat Stevens, lyrical life observations of Bob Dillon, the fresh roots sound of Donavon Frankenreiter and compositional diversity of Ben Harper, then you’re getting warmer.

A Samuel Bester show is a warm affair, drawing the listener to be involved spiritually in the music. Performing with his beautiful voice, a selection of acoustic guitars from twelve string to open tunings, spiced with harmonica, and a stomp box to boot (no pun intended), his catchy songs entrance you into their web. Indeed, many of his songs will have the audience singing along by the second chorus! Expect a journey, from twelve string plectrum picked folk to six string swing jazz, political country sing along to foot stomping swampy blues.

Based in his adored home state of Tasmania, Samuel has performed in places as diverse as London’s Islington folk Club, The Fete de la Musique in Paris, Tasmania’s Marion Bay Falls Festival, and a plethora of pubs and venues throughout Australia and Europe, wooing fans from all over the world.

Samuel’s full length album “The Long & the Short of It” has been discovered by many all over the globe. The single from the album “I’m in love with you”, received national airplay on Triple J and many of the tracks have been regularly aired on Hobart’s own Edge radio. There has also been international radio support from stations as far away from Samuel’s home as Belgium and Denmark. 

No stranger to the studio (having built his own boutique studio over the past 10 years), Samuel has made numerous other recordings with various bands and projects, and is currently working on his next solo release. 

Samuel has supported many well-known acts, both solo and with his bands. Including John Butler Trio, Kevin Borich, Diesel, Nick Barker, Lior, Monique Brumby, Jenny Morris, Paul Kelly, The Whitlams, The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus, The Cruel Sea, The Badloves and Cold Chisel.

In 2006 Samuel began and ran an acoustic originals night at Irish Murphy's, a venue in his home city of Hobart, which he continued for two and a half years, opening up this venue to original music, and giving opportunity to many songwriters to air their wares.