Sam Sweeney

Sam Sweeney (born 27 February 1989 in Nottingham) is a multi-instrumental English folk musician.

Sam Sweeney
Sam Sweeney performing at the Warwick Folk Festival, July 2011
Background information
Birth nameSam Sweeney
Born (1989-02-27) 27 February 1989
Nottingham, England
Years active2001-present
Associated actsHannah James and Sam Sweeney, Kerfuffle, Bellowhead, Fay Hield Trio
WebsiteOfficial website


Sweeney 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.[1] When Kerfuffle disbanded, Sam continued playing with accordion player and singer Hannah James as the duo Hannah James and Sam Sweeney.

As of 2008, Sweeney is also a member of the award-winning eleven-piece folk band Bellowhead, playing fiddle and English bagpipes.[2]

As of 2009 he tours with Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, playing both drums and fiddle, sometimes simultaneously.[3]

He is also a member of Fay Hield's band, originally named the Fay Hield Trio but as of 2012 called Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party.[4]


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.[5] In 2007 he won one of five BBC Performing Arts Fund bursaries to help him start his musical career.[4] 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

With Kerfuffle

With Bellowhead

With Fay Hield

  • Looking Glass (2010)[6]
  • Orfeo (2012)[6]
  • Old Adam (2016)[6]

With Circus Envy

  • A New Dawn (2010)[6]
  • Regret (2011)[6]

With Sam Carter

  • Keepsakes (2009)[6]
  • The No Testement (2012)[6]
  • How the City Sings (2016)[6]

With Rachael McShane

  • No Man's Fool (2010)[6]

With Louise Jordan

  • Born to Wander (2010)[6]

With Charlie Barker

  • Sleeping at the Station (2005)[6]


In 2006 Sam won a bursary from the BBC performing arts fund.[1]


  1. "Sam Sweeney – Biography". Sam Sweeney Music, official site. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010 Folk Singer of the Year". Towersey Village Festival. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "All about Sam Sweeney". bright young folk. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  6. "Sam Sweeney – Discography". Sam Sweeney Music, official site. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
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