• Sam Sweeney

  • Thu, 09-05-2019 at 20:00
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
    L1 9BP Liverpool
Sam Sweeney - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic - Liverpool

A veteran of the mighty Bellowhead’s domination of British folk for ten years, 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, Sam Sweeney is releasing his first solo album, The Unfinished Violin.The Unfinished Violin is an expansion and development of his acclaimed live show, Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War, which toured from 2014. The show centered on a fiddle the 19-year-old Sweeney came across in violin maker Roger Claridge’s shop in Oxford.It’s the instrument Sweeney has used for numerous albums and countless gigs, and in time he set about digging into its history, and uncovered the fateful tale of Richard Howard, a music hall performer who made the violin, but was called up in 1916 to the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment to fight and lose his life in the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917.Join Sam for an informal pre-concert talk from 6.45pmCome and hear Sam talk about the story behind the album, how he put it together and made the songs come to life. This will be an opportunity for you to ask Sam any questions about the album, fiddle playing in general and anything else that you might want to ask!£17, £20 (Premium)