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Folk, English Folk
September 1, 2014

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Inspired by the true story of a violin interrupted by the Great War, Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead) & Hugh Lupton tell a moving tale of war, music and an instrument lost for almost a century.

100 years after the start of the First World War, acclaimed fiddle player Sam Sweeney and award-winning storyteller Hugh Lupton bring the story of a violin left unfinished as its creator left for the battlefields of Flanders and how, almost a century later, it came to be in the hands of one of the finest English fiddle players of his generation.

For nine decades, the parts of the unfinished violin lay untouched in an envelope before being bought and finally completed by Oxford luthier Roger Claridge. The violin caught the eye of fiddle player Sam Sweeney and led him on a trail from the music halls of pre-war Leeds to the battlefields of Belgium.

Inspired by this, Sam engaged writer and storyteller Hugh Lupton to produce a tale that both celebrated and honoured the memory of Richard Howard, the man who started to make the fiddle in 1915.

Together with multi-instrumentalist/composer Rob Harbron and his Bellowhead bandmate Paul Sartin, Sam has produced a musical journey to accompany Lupton's story, which takes the listener from a house in Leeds, through the Music Hall, to the Battle of Messines and back to Leeds; a potent, profoundly moving and finely-crafted tale.

Richard Howard's violin, Sam Sweeney's fiddle, rises to tell its story.

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Catalogue number RBRCD21
Barcode 5051078935522
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 62g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 9mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Prologue 01:36
2. Remembering 03:58
3. Unriddling 00:47
4. The Wellesley I 01:35
5. July 7th 1916 04:27
6. The Palace Of Varieties 06:51
7. Conscription 02:53
8. The Wellesley II 01:53
9. June 7th 1917 - Zero Day 04:17
10. The Battle Of Messines 08:22
11. The Ballad Of Richard Howard 06:33
12. July 24th 1917 - Leeds 02:40
13. Epilogue 02:15
14. Rose Howard 04:43