SAM SWEENEY - SOLO
HUD027 - EP
“an English equivalent of the great Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes.” **** The Guardian
“Sweeney’s playing is unearthly…deeply moving” Songlines
“One of the defining English fiddle players of his generation” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Following on from the release of his highly acclaimed solo album Unearth Repeat and after touring it to sell-out audiences, two years after its release this autumn (due to the pandemic). Sam is now releasing the first in a series of EPs aimed at highlighting the members of his touring band, the first in the series, Solo, is released on Hudson Records in February 2022.
Solo was recorded in September 2021 with long-time collaborator Andy Bell at St Martin's church in Stoney Middleton in the Peak District. St Martin’s used to be Sam's practice room. He spent three very happy years living in Stoney Middleton and being able to pop across the road with his fiddle to play and swim in the glorious acoustic of the village’s octagonal church was a special thing. The tunes on this EP are, for the most part, the result of digging into old collections sent to Sam during the multiple lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.
'Not many positives came from being locked down, but unearthing these old melodies and moving into them provided me with such joy in an otherwise dark and musically lonely time.' Sam Sweeney
Solo is available from all digital music platforms from 4th February 2022, Hudson Records hope to release the series physically when complete. The first single from Solo ‘Untitled Waltz #1 /Tweedside’ is available to listen to now.
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