“Sweeney’s playing is unearthly at times...an outstanding and deeply moving experience.” ***** - Songlines
When he was 19, the musician Sam Sweeney found a fiddle in a shop in Oxford. It had been made, but not assembled, by Richard S. Howard of Harehills, Leeds, in 1915. Howard died in World War I and the story inspired Sam Sweeney’s first solo album, released last November. A veteran of contemporary folk band Bellowhead and artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, Sweeney performs his live show of instrumental music inspired by the Great War.