WWI soldier’s violin played at his grave

From BBC.com:

Sam Sweeney playing a violin at Ypres WWI cemeteryA violin made by a soldier killed in battle during World War I has been played at his grave on the eve of the 100th anniversary of his death.

Richard Howard, who died on 7 June 1917 in the Battle of Messines, started making the instrument in 1915 before enlisting in the army.

It was later finished by a luthier in Oxford before being bought by folk musician Sam Sweeney in 2009.

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I'm a novice fiddler and mandolinist. I've played the guitar for many years and also play the recorder, fife, flute, and, more recently, tin whistle. I work in the communications field and, in addition to music, I enjoy photography, writing, gardening, golf and travel.
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1 Response to WWI soldier’s violin played at his grave

  1. markcobb says:

    Had tears in my eyes the moment I read the title, didn’t expect to be full on crying before I could get through the story. Struck a nerve I guess. The album Unfinished Violin by Sam Sweeney is absolutely beautiful and deserves to be heard, much like the violin that inspired this album.

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