10th May 2019
Sam Sweeney: The Unfinished Violin
Price: £18 / £9 U18s + students
Star folk instrumentalist performs music from his latest album…
A veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and an award winning instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music, Sam Sweeney released his first solo album, The Unfinished Violin on Island Records in November 2018.
The story of his violin, carved but never finished by Private Richard Howard in 1915, moved Sam to create an album of instrumental music, each piece inspired by a tune or story from The Great War.
The sometimes mournful, often hopeful, tunes on his record reimagine and reclaim some of the most beautiful melodies of the First World War, performed with musicians Rob Harbron, Jack Rutter, Patsy Reid and Ben Nicholls.