The Unfinished Violin is an expansion and development from the music of the highly acclaimed live show Sam Sweeney's Fiddle "Made in the Great War."
Sam Sweeney is a veteran of Bellowhead’s ten years domination of British folk, Director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, and a superb instrumentalist in English traditional music.
In an Oxford shop Sweeney came across the violin made, but not assembled, by one Richard S Howard of Harehills, Leeds, 1915. In time Sam set about digging into its history, uncovering the fateful tale of Richard Howard, a music hall performer called up in 1916, who lost his life in the Battle of Messines in 1917.
Sam is joined on stage by Rob Harbron, Jack Rutter, Patsy Reid and Ben Nicholls.
Featured on the special BBC Antiques Road Show to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war from Etaples Military Cemetery.