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Sam Sweeney performing at the Warwick Folk Festival, July 2011
|Born||27 February 1989
|Associated acts||Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, Kerfuffle, Bellowhead, Fay Hield Trio|
|Fiddle, viola, nyckelharpa, cello, English concertina, English bagpipes, percussion|
Sam started playing the fiddle at age six, and first performed as a soloist at folk festivals in 2001. From 2002 to 2010 Sweeney was part of the East Midlands-based folk band Kerfuffle, playing fiddle, viola, and cajon, and singing. When Kerfuffle disbanded, Sam continued playing with accordion player and singer Hannah James as the duo Hannah James and Sam Sweeney.
Sweeney has won a number of awards including the 'In The Tradition' award and the 'Wiltshire Folk Association Young Folk Award', which he won for two years in succession. He was also a nominated in the 2004 BBC Young Folk Awards. In 2007 he won one of five BBC Performing Arts Fund bursaries to help him start his musical career. Sweeney was nominated for the 'Musician of the Year' award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and won this award at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Hannah James and Sam Sweeney
- Not to Scale (2003)
- K2 (2004)
- Links (2006)
- To The Ground (2008)
- Lighten The Dark: A Midwinter Album (2009)
With Fay Hield
With Circus Envy
With Sam Carter
With Rachael McShane
- No Man's Fool (2010)
With Louise Jordan
- Born To Wander (2010)
In 2006 Sam won a bursary from the BBC performing arts fund.
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- "Sam Sweeney – Discography". Sam Sweeney Music, official site.