Sam was born in Nottingham in 1989, and first picked up a fiddle in 1996. Having had lessons at school from the age of six, he went on to win the Wiltshire Folk Association Young Folk Award (which he won again the following year) and the In The Tradition Award at the the age of eleven. Sam's career started shortly after, performing as a soloist at Chippenham, Trowbridge and Devizes festivals in 2001. The year after Sam founded Kerfuffle, which ended in 2010 after five albums and a very successful eight years of gigging.

Sam currently plays with the eleven piece folk sensation Bellowhead
, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party, Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, The Full English, Eliza Carthy's Wayward Band and a number of other acts.

Aside from touring, Sam has made a number of television appearances including
Later... with Jools with Bellowhead and Sam Carter, and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway with John Spiers and Stephen Gately. In 2007 Sam was awarded one of five BBC Performing Arts Fund bursaries to aid him in launching his career as a musician. The bursary funded educational trips to Norway, Finland and Lithuania as well as paying for new instruments and tuition.
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Bellowhead
In between the projects listed above, Sam has been busy working on a venture with producer Andy Bell, called WeRecordYourStrings. It enables artists to add string arrangements to their recordings in a quick and affordable way. Recent projects include albums by Circus Envy, Louise Jordan and Rosie Doonan, among others.

As a session player, Sam has recorded fiddle for a number of artists including Spiers and Boden, Rachael McShane, Sam Carter, and numerous sessions for Rockfield Studio's producer Nick Brine.

Awards and nominations include numerous Best Live Act and Best Album BBC Folk Awards with Bellowhead, two nominations for Musician Of The Year at the BBC Folk Awards, a Hancock Award for
Musician Of The Year and a nomination for Spiral Earth’s Musician Of The Year.

Hungry Horse Folk Club, 2010

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