Sam Sweeney

EDINBURGH TRADFEST & SOUNDHOUSE ORGANISATION
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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 Sweeney (Bellowhead, Leveret) is releasing his highly anticipated second solo album just in time for Tradfest.

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 6 Music, Sam is moving onto 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.

Making up the Sam Sweeney Band are; 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), and Louis Campbell – electric guitar (member of National Youth Folk Ensemble 2016-18, BBC Introducing with Big Massive Orchestra).

As one-third of Leveret, Sam is well known to audiences and Soundhouse Organisation are delighted that he is launching his new album at Tradfest.

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