After having to reschedule three times, the long awaited Unearth Repeat Tour from Sam Sweeney is now going ahead this Autumn.
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 highly anticipated second solo album in the spring of last year, but thanks to a global pandemic, hope of touring the album live were quashed.
Having moved 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 now moving on to making music on his own terms and has enlisted the help of three of his favourite musicians, with a totally fresh approach.
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.
His fellow band mates 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)
Louis Campbell – electric guitar (member of National Youth Folk Ensemble 2016-18, BBC Introducing with Big Massive Orchestra, studying guitar at RNCM)
Here’s a peak of them performing The Old Wagon Way taken from the album during Lockdown:
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 you might think he had been there and done it all, but 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.
And you can finally see it live !! ( this is where I enlist the help of that old pagan ritual to knock on wood… think there’s a self set oak in the garden somewhere ?!)
Tour Dates as follows:
Sat Jul 17 St George’s Bristol
Sun Jul 18 Folk By The Oak Hatfield
Tue Jul 20 English Folk Expo Exeter Phoenix Exeter
Sat Aug 14 Snape Maltings Snape
Fri Nov 19 National Centre for Early Music York
Sun Nov 11 Hall Settle
Tue Nov 23 Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
Wed Nov 24 Huntingdon Hall Worcester
Thu Nov 25 Ludlow Assembly Rooms Ludlow
Fri Nov 26 Gosforth Civic Theatre Newcastle Upon Tyne
Sat Nov 27 Cecil Sharp House London
Sun Nov 28 Colchester Arts Centre Colchester
Tue Nov 30 St David’s Hall Cardiff
Wed Dec 1 Stoller Hall Manchester
Thu Dec 2 The Venue Derby
Fri Dec 3 Calstock Arts Centre Calstock, Cornwall
Sun Dec 5 The Sub Rooms Stroud
For ticket links visit: https://www.samsweeneymusic.com/gigs
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