Folk on Foot / Sam Sweeney at Swift's Hill

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The wonderful English fiddle player Sam Sweeney has been a key member of Bellowhead, Leveret, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band and many other collaborations. He’s also made two acclaimed solo albums and was the inaugural artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble.

We start this episode with some rousing tunes in the Prince Albert Pub in Stroud, featuring Rob Harbron on concertina and Miranda Rutter on fiddle. Then it’s off for a walk at Stroud Slad Farm which inspired Sam to write many tunes.

We end up at the top of Swift’s Hill, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and Sam playing the tune of the same name.  Along the way he tells stories of his hero Dave Swarbrick, his unfinished First World War violin and learning to play the bagpipes in six weeks.


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