Music – Sam Sweeney: The Unfinished Violin – Ruskin Mill College
Tuesday 21 May
7.30pm (please note earlier start time)
The Nailsworth Festival Richard Valentine Memorial Folk Concert
An expansion and development of his acclaimed live show Made In The Great War, The Unfinished Violin centres on a fiddle the 19-year-old Sam Sweeney came across in violin maker Roger Claridge’s shop in Oxford, made but not assembled by one Richard S. Howard of Harehills, Leeds, in 1915. Claridge had come by it at auction, in pieces, in an old manila envelope, put it together and put it on sale. It’s the instrument Sweeney has used for numerous albums and countless gigs, and in time he set about digging into its history, and uncovered the fateful tale of Richard Howard, a music hall performer called up in 1916 to the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment to fight and lose his life in the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917.
Venue: Ruskin Mill, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth GL6 0LA
Booking: email email@example.com
Phone 01453 837537
Text 07977 174729
Payment: Please note we do not have card payment facilities at this time. Payment may be made by cash or cheque payable to Ruskin Mill College. Concessionary rate tickets are available for those under 25 years of age.
Parking at Ruskin Mill is only for disabled visitors. We strongly advise, where possible, that you walk the short distance from Nailsworth, where the nearest available public car park is next to the Town Hall as you turn onto the Old Bristol Road towards Horsley. For evening and weekend events, parking is available at Brookdale, 50 yards before Ruskin Mill on the left - bring a torch! The entrance is between large hedges on either side.
Parking is also available at Horsley Mill 400 yards after Ruskin Mill on the left.
Please do not use Gigg Mill.
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