Sam Sweeney Band 2022
Forced to cancel his 2020 tour due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to welcome English folk musician Sam Sweeney back to Turner Sims with music from his latest release Unearth Repeat.
Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former 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. His stunning debut album The Unfinished Violin was inspired by the history of his own violin, which Sam had discovered was originally commissioned in 1915 by a man who was subsequently killed in the Great War. Unearth Repeat marks a change of direction – the swagger and groove of traditional English music with the huge sound, flare, energy and festival spirit of bands coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes. – and played on a violin Sam bought from the late fiddle legend Dave Swarbrick.
'The fiddler with the Midas touch… an English equivalent of the great Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes.' 4 STARS - The Guardian
'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.' 5 STARS - Songlines
'…the expressiveness and, yes, sheer depth and focus of this music are so vast, I swear there are moments I’m just happy to be alive to hear this. And how the tunes bring all those images to me…' celtbritfolkmusic.net
EARLY BIRD Until Friday 3 September 2021
After Friday 3 September:
University of Southampton
Southampton Hampshire SO17 1BJ
Fri 13 May