Past Event

The Unfinished Violin

5 Feb 2019

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.

'An English equivalent of the great Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes.' ★★★★ The Guardian

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