Ed Sweeney's wry, articulate, and evocative singing, his exquisite musicianship, and his eclectic collection of obscure songs shouldn't be missed”

— the Binghamton (NY) Sun


Ed Sweeney has performed nationally and internationally for almost 40 years. Ed has performed in schools, clubs, tea houses, festivals, house concerts, theatres —, almost any venue imaginable. Ed’s concerts and recordings have earned accolades throughout the United States, Canada, parts of Europe and parts of Asia. Reviewers call him “a master of unpretentiousness” and “delightfully fresh.” 

Ed’s music has been featured on NPR and is currently heard on hundreds of radio stations and on-line networks. Ed’s music in  Ken Burns documentary Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony. Ed's music has been used for television soundtracks  as well as background music in Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Tokyo.

Ed is constantly exploring and building new avenues and partnerships for learning and sharing music.

Today you might watch Ed in a solo concert of eclectic songs and styles on his family of instruments. Tomorrow you might watch him perform with Pipa Master Yang Wei as they mix Eastern and Western Traditional music. Or maybe you’ll listen as Partington & Sweeney, weave a musical story of immigrants and their traditions as they moved west. Perhaps you’ll watch him and harpist Mary King  and Cathy Clasper-Torch combine the songs and sounds of Stephen Foster's time mixed in with the wit of Mark Twain.

Ed Sweeney through his musical expertise, breadth of knowledge, and wonderful sense of humor,  helps listeners come to understand the motivations, stories, and culture that have made us who and what we are today. Ed honors people and their history by presenting music that entertains as well as educates.


While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Ed Sweeney & Cathy Clasper-Torch

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This is an Instrumental version of George Harrison's song. Ed Sweeney is playing guitar and Cathy Clasper-Torch is playing Cello and Fiddle

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Sweeney creates a cozy, loving atmosphere by tempering his instrumental virtuosity with a welcome dose of modesty.”

— The Boston Herald

Sweeney's rarities are real treats. He has culled songs from a variety of sources and adapted them to an acoustic folk format”

— The Syracuse Herald American

Sweeney is a master of unpretentiousness.”

— The Boston Globe

Ed Sweeney has a remarkable gift of gab, and the ability to pick gems from the songpile. When he appeared here he was an instant success.”

— The Eel River Music Camp, Alderpoint, California

What a rare treat it is to find a folk singer with a folk act in the style of the '50s and '60s”

— The Star Ledger (Norfolk, VA)

Obscure ditties are his deities”

— The Providence Journal

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