Sam Sweeney

Thu 12 May, 20:00
£16.50 + bkg fee

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 – Nominated Musician Of The Year

After embarking on a solo career, Sam Sweeney released his debut solo album The Unfinished Violin on Island Records, touring to sell-out crowds on the 2019 album launch tour. Sam released his highly anticipated second solo album in Spring 2020.

A veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, Sam and his new band are putting something into English music that has never been there before. This album has 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.

The new album occupies a very different sound world to The Unfinished Violin. Leaving string sections, piano and harmonium behind, the new band features acoustic and electric guitars and double bass.

www.samsweeneymusic.com

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“The fiddler with the Midas touch… an English equivalent of the great Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes. ****”

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.*****”

Songlines

Moving on from his five year connection to the First World War, which inspired his first album and captured the nation’s hearts through appearances on Antiques Roadshow and BBC Breakfast, alongside BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6Music, Sam is moving on to making music on his own terms, with three of his favourite musicians and with a totally fresh approach and a big sound.

The new band:

  • Jack Rutter – guitar (Seth Lakeman, Jackie Oates, Moore Moss Rutter)
  • Ben Nicholls – double bass (Seth Lakeman, Nadine Shah, Kings Of The South Seas, Wild Rose, The Full English)
  • Louis Campbell – electric guitar (member of National Youth Folk Ensemble 2016-18, BBC Introducing with Big Massive Orchestra, studying guitar at RNCM)

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.

Date: 12 May 2022

Stage Time: 20:00

Doors: 19:00

Length: TBC

Tickets: £16.50 + booking fee

Venue: Grand Junction is a new venue for the community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church. Our mission is to create and present an eclectic, collaborative programme of music, arts and performance for young people, families and adults. We also have a café serving delicious food overlooking the canal.

Access: Grand Junction offers free Personal Assistant or Companion tickets for this event. To book these, or for other access questions, email info@grandjunction.org.uk or call 020 7266 8258. Further access info here.

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