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Sat, 13 May


St Mary's Church Guildford

Sam Sweeney Fiddle Players Workshop at St Mary's

Expand your fiddle playing tool kit!

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Sam Sweeney Fiddle Players Workshop at St Mary's
Sam Sweeney Fiddle Players Workshop at St Mary's

Time & Location

13 May 2023, 14:00 – 16:30 BST

St Mary's Church Guildford, Quarry St, Guildford GU1 3UA, UK

About the event

IMPORTANT: Discount for Workshop + Concert Bundle - please book through the Workshop Event Page


“The workshop was brilliant, really accessible and gave me lots of ideas to work on my technique.” - workshop participant

After the release of his three critically acclaimed albums, The Unfinished Violin, Unearth Repeat and Escape That, Sam Sweeney is taking to the road for a few exclusive, intimate, totally acoustic solo performances, playing some of his favourite tunes.

In addition to the evening concert, Sam will be holding a workshop for fiddle players in the afternoon. Both the workshop and concert will be taking place in the beautiful, historic St Mary’s Church in the centre of Guildford.

Sam Sweeney is a gifted musician with a wonderful talent for teaching, developed through his involvement in an impressive array of education projects, including his appointment in 2016 as the inaugural artistic director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, teaching at the English Acoustic Collective Summer School, and leading many residential workshops at Halsway Manor, Centre for the Folk Arts.

Sam focuses on expanding his students’ tool kits so that they can start playing tunes the way they want to play them. This includes working on bowing technique, groove, pulse and getting rhythm into tunes and getting old English tunes off the page and into the air again.

To get the most from Sam’s teaching, participants should have at least a good basic knowledge of how to play their instrument. Ability to learn tunes by ear would be useful.

Both the concert and workshop are suitable for all ages (we offer a 20% discount to under 25s. Although there are no age restrictions, all under 18s must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult). If you have any questions, please contact us through our website or email us at

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