DEBUT SOLO ALBUM - The Unfinished Violin - 2.11.18


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Debut Solo Album - The Unfinished Violin 

I'm very excited to announce my first solo album The Unfinished Violin is coming out on 21.09.18 on Island Records!


Inspired by my violin, carved but never finished by Richard Howard in 1915, I've made an album of instrumental music inspired by the Great War.

I'm enormously proud of it, and I hope you'll love it. You can pre-order it now and listen to track one, here.

Please spread the word, tell your friends and I can't wait to hear what you think of it.

Sam xx

Made In The Great War on Radio 2 & 3 - Good Morning Sunday and In Tune 

I'm chuffed to announce that I'll be Clare Balding's guest on Good Morning Sunday, on BBC Radio 2, this Sunday, May 21st.

You can listen to the show here

Rob, Paul and I appeared on In Tune yesterday on BBC Radio 3, with Suzy Klein. Listen again here.

There are tickets left for the Made In The Great War tour, but not many!

Snap the final few tickets up now - click here

June 6th - Ypres 
June 8th - London 
June 9th - Derby 
June 10th - Leeds 
June 11th - Milton Keynes

National Youth Folk Ensemble  

Ahead of the NYFE's first full length public performance on April 12th in Cecil Sharp House, check out the video from their second residential in lovely Lancashire. Very proud of this lot.


2016 saw the end of Bellowhead, my new job with the NYFE starting, nine tours, three albums and whole lot of other wonderful stuff.

2017 is looking rather exciting as well. Here are some things in the first half of the year for your attention / delectation / diaries!

February 3: BIG MACHINE is released! The amazing debut album from Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band. I'm so proud of this album. Order it now.

February 3-5: The first ever Sandlings Sessions, hosted by Folk East at Snape Maltings. A wonderful weekend of workshops, gigs and dancing with Leveret, Blowzabella, Chris Wood and more. Click here for more info.

February 17th: The first ever public performance of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. This amazing group of musicians are supporting Leveret at The Met in Bury. Please come out and support them. There aren't many tickets left! Click here for info and tickets.

March: Leveret are on the road again! We are currently writing a new album for release in the Autumn so you can expect to hear a lot of the tunes this Spring. Click here for more.

April 12th: The first full length concert by the National Youth Folk Ensemble. The ensemble will have a full evening to themselves in the lovely Cecil Sharp House. Get your tickets :)

May: I am very excited to be doing a duo show with Martin Carthy! More info and tickets soon.

June 5-11: The final tour of my show Made In The Great War. We are touring the show one more time, starting in Belgium with a very special show and a commemorative walk to Richard Howard's grave. Then we go to London, Derby, Leeds and Milton Keynes. Get your tickets now! It's selling very fast.

Those are a few highlights of my year coming up. Happy New Year!

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Bankfield Museum - Halifax


A special afternoon talk with music. Sam presents his Made In The Great War fiddle with his Dad, Chris Sweeney.

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