Sam Sweeney Band at The Stoller Hall

Johnny James, Managing Editor
Sam Sweeney

Sam Sweeney Band at The Stoller Hall, Manchester, 14 May 2020, from £20 - Book now

Sam Sweeney has something of the Midas touch. Nearly every project he’s been involved in – from the mighty Bellowhead to the beloved instrumental trio Leveret – has been met with massive acclaim. In 2018, Sam decided to embark on a solo career, and true to form, his output so far has been top drawer.

Released on Island Records, Sam’s debut album The Unfinished Violin (2018) was a masterclass in pure and simple fiddle music. Proving himself a player of great dexterity and grace, the record takes the First World War as its theme. Poignant opener ‘Highland Soldier’ borrows music from George Butterworth, who was killed in the battle of the Somme. Deeply affecting, this track represents the first step on an emotional journey that draws on music from across Europe, encompassing marches, laments and dance melodies. Alongside rarities of the era (the product of Sam’s meticulous research), tracks like ‘The Girl I Left Behind’ and ‘The Battle of the Somme’ will be familiar to many. Stripped to their very bones, the emotional purity of these wartime favourites comes to the fore via Sam’s delicate touch and singular vision.

Due for release on 27th March 2020 via Hudson Records, Sam’s second album promises to be a quite a departure from his first. Breaking ties with the First World War theme that’s been his preoccupation for a number of years, this follow-up will feature a brand new band, with whom Sam has taken his sound into exciting new territory. Injecting traditional English music with the flare, energy and festival spirit of groups coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes, this new band brings together Sam’s unique fiddle playing, the acoustic and electric guitars of Jack Rutter (Seth Lakeman, Moore Moss Rutter) and Louis Campbell (National Youth Folk Ensemble), the double bass of Ben Nicholls (Seth Lakeman, Nadine Shah) and the keyboards of Dave Mackay (Art Garfunkel).

Going by the sell-out success of Sam’s last tour, wherein his playing was hailed by Songlines as “unearthly … outstanding and deeply moving”, this new show promises to be all that and more. Don’t sleep on tickets for this one, as it’s sure to be another sell-out!

Sam Sweeney Band at The Stoller Hall, Manchester

14 May 2020 8:00 pm
From £20

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