Folk, Theatre,

Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War

Sunday 6th September 2015 - Starts 8pm


Sam Sweeney's Fiddle Made In The Great War Folk Shoreham Ropetackle
Sam Sweeney's Fiddle Made In The Great War Folk Shoreham Ropetackle

Seven years ago, Sam Sweeney, fiddle player with Bellowhead, bought a violin. The label inside gave the date 1915 and the name Richard S. Howard. Research revealed it had been made by a some-time music hall performer from Leeds called Richard Spencer Howard. When he was conscripted to fight in World War I, his violin had been left unfinished in his workshop.

The pieces of the fiddle lay in a manila envelope for nine decades until they made their way into the hands of luthier Roger Claridge. Over ninety years after Richard began working on the fiddle, it was finally finished and placed in Roger’s shop. And this is where Sam found it.

To mark the ongoing 100th anniversary of World War I, Sam has collaborated with award-winning storyteller Hugh Lupton, fellow Bellowhead band mate Paul Sartin, and concertina player Rob Harbron to create a music/spoken word/film performance based on this story, featuring on stage the actual fiddle made by Richard Howard. The show will also feature an exquisite set with projections devised by Bellowhead lighting designer Emma Thompson.

£15 in advance. £18 on the door.

You can discover more about this show and the story behind it on Sam’s dedicated website: www.madeinthegreatwar.com