BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 – Nominated Musician Of The Year
Following the huge success of supporting Bellowhead on their comeback tour in 2022, Sam is taking to festival stages to play his genre-defying landmark album, Escape That, with his band. Featuring Louis Campbell on electric guitar, Ben Nicholls on double bass and Stuart McCallum on acoustic guitar, this will be a set you don’t want to miss.
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 sonic world to Sam’s previous solo records. Leaving string sections, piano and harmonium behind, the new band features acoustic and electric guitars and double bass.
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