Sam Sweeney BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 – Nominated Musician Of The Year
After the release of three critically acclaimed albums, The Unfinished Violin, Unearth Repeat and Escape That, Sam is taking to the road for a few exclusive, intimate, totally acoustic solo performances, playing some of his favourite tunes and we are delighted to be able to welcome him to The Goods Shed.
Nominated four times, and winner in 2015, of Musician Of The Year BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former and inaugural artistic director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and “one of the defining English fiddle players of his generation” (Mark Radcliffe) at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music.
Sam has also recorded and performed with The Full English, Eliza Carthy, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party, Emily Portman, Martin Carthy, as well as his own critically acclaimed show Made In The Great War.
“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
“One of the defining English fiddle players of his generation” — Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio
Sam is one of England’s finest traditional musicians, however Escape That is his first entirely self-composed record. It ties together all of Sam’s musical passions; an honest and fearless expression of himself, combining pop hooks and aesthetics with his pioneering work in the world of traditional dance tunes. Escape That simultaneously presses the reset button on what a folk record should sound like while marking a major stride forward for Sam into the world of composition.
Escape That is unashamed in its pool of influences. It’s an album laced with visits to old musical companions, culminating in something entirely new; not an uncomfortable fusion of genres but a genuine expression of love for his inspirations, past and present.