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Miss Emma Sweeney

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Former BBC Radio 2, Young Folk Award Finalist, 2003.
Nominated for 2 Songlines Music Awards, 2014.
Instruments: Folk Fiddle (Violin), Tin Whistle
Genre/Style(s): Folk
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


I have taught both adults and children for a number of years now in group sessions and on a one to one basis. Most of my students learn by ear but others prefer to use music; I am adaptable to both learning styles. I have taught in many places throughout the UK and Ireland, and as far away as India.

Emma Sweeney is a Songlines Award nominated fiddler whose roving debut album Pangea has confirmed her status as one of folk music’s rising stars.

Emma’s unique style combines her trad Irish background with a fusion of world influences, drawing upon her experience of teaching music in India, and touring across Europe.

Emma was born to Irish immigrants in Manchester. Her remarkable journey to date in her young career has seen her rise rapidly through the city’s revered folk scene to become an established performer on the national circuit.

A distinguished and experienced live performer, Emma has played alongside a whole raft of fabulous musicians, such as Mike McGoldrick, Aled Jones and Nell Brydan (Whistle performance for a BBC broadcast from The Royal Albert Hall), John Doyle, Stuart McCallum, Glen Hansard (Once star) The Rails (in support of Paul Weller), Eamon Murray, (Beoga bodhran player), Ben Cashell, Matheu Watson, Neil Yates, Jack Rutter (from Seth Lakeman's band) Paul Meehan (former Lunasa guitarist) and many more.

Emma recently received an Emerging Excellence Award from HelpMusiciansUK, which enabled her to take up a place of study at The Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, in Bangalore, India, for two months at the start of this year. This was a fantastic opportunity for Emma and she is currently in the early stages of putting together my second album which incorporates some of the ideas that she picked up during her time in India, whilst also staying true to her folk style of playing.

In a review of one of her live shows, Songlines said that “Emma’s control of the fiddle was enviable, and it really seemed an extension of her arm as she played through speedy, intricate phrases and slides with gentle ease”.

“Jaw-dropping stuff that will engage both musician and layman alike.” – UK Folk Music
Twitter: @sweeneyfolk

Contact Emma

Address: Withington,
Greater Manchester
Phone: Show Number
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00

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