Sam Sweeney


Solo availability between 6-19 June, and 7-10 July, but also options for occasional shows outside of these periods. Please enquire.

Sam Sweeney Band: Available for summer festivals. Touring 20 Feb – 5 Mar 2023.


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

After embarking on a solo career, releasing his debut solo album The Unfinished Violin on Island Records and touring it to sell-out crowds on the 2019 album launch tour, Sam released his second album Unearth Repeat in 2020 and will tour extensively in autumn 2021. .

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.

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.

  • 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.

“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

Tour Dates

04/05/2022The North WallOXFORD
05/05/2022The JunctionCAMBRIDGE
06/05/2022Stamford Arts CentreSTAMFORD
07/05/2022Theatre SevernSHREWSBURY
10/05/2022Square Chapel Centre for the ArtsHALIFAX
12/05/2022Grand JunctionLONDON
13/05/2022Turner SimsSOUTHAMPTON
14/05/2022South Street Arts CentreREADING
15/05/2022Pavilions TeignmouthTEIGNMOUTH
16/03/2022Brewhouse Arts CentreBURTON UPON TRENT
17/05/2022The ColiseumWHITBY
18/05/2022Queen's Hall Arts CentreHEXHAM
19/05/2022The WithamBARNARD CASTLE
20/05/2022Trinity Arts CentreGAINSBOROUGH
21/05/2022Shepley Spring FestivalSHEPLEY
22/05/2022Bristol Folk HouseBRISTOL
25/06/2022Druidstone FestivalHAVERFORDWEST
08/07/2022The DruidstoneHAVERFORDWEST
17/07/2022Folk by the OakHATFIELD
27/08/2022Shrewsbury Folk FestivalSHREWSBURY