Sam Sweeney: The Unfinished Violin

Violin music inspired by Great War……

Inspired by his violin, carved but never finished by Richard Howard in 1915, Sam Sweeney has created a live show and album of instrumental music inspired by the Great War. A veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. Joining Sam in the 5-piece band are: Rob Harbron (concertina), Patsy Reid (fiddle), Jack Rutter (Guitar) and Ben Nicholls (bass).

£16 (£15)

Sweeney’s playing is unearthly at times: the singular focus of this set and the level of its performance makes this an outstanding and deeply moving experience
No jingoistic, flag-waving Last Night Of The Proms triumphalism here…this is sensitive, fragile, emotive and extremely beautiful. An impressive work
One hell of an album from one hell of a fiddler
It’s the finest, most moving tribute I’ve yet heard paid to the life of an individual solider
Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3

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