Sam Sweeney “The Unfinished Violin”

Tue 21May2019

The Richard Valentine Memorial Folk Concert at Ruskin Mill

7.30 pm

At Ruskin Mill GL6 0LA


An expansion and development of his acclaimed live show “Made In The Great War”, “The Unfinished Violin” centres on a fiddle that the 19-year-old Sam Sweeney came across in violin maker Roger Claridge’s shop in Oxford. The violin was originally made, but not assembled, by one Richard S. Howard of Harehills, Leeds, in 1915. Claridge had come by it at auction, in pieces, in an old manila envelope. He put it together and put it on sale. It’s the instrument Sweeney has used for numerous albums and countless gigs, and in time he set about digging into its history and uncovered the fateful tale of Richard Howard, a music hall performer, called up in 1916 to the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment to fight and lose his life in the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917.

To book please contact Ruskin Mill 01453 837537