Short Bio

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

Ed performs a wide-ranging repertoire on 6- and 12-string guitar, 5-string banjo, and fretless banjo in theatres, concerts, coffee houses, schools, clubs, tea houses, festivals, house concerts — almost any venue imaginable. His concerts and recordings have received accolades throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.   

Ed’s cross-cultural collaborations were influenced by his 14 years as Finance Director of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. His international musical friendships allowed him to explore and build new artistic partnerships.  

What’s guaranteed: With his knack for eclecticism and excavating overlooked songs, what you hear from Ed today will not be the same as what you’ll hear tomorrow.

Publicity Photos

Ed Mill Shot

Ed Mill Shot

Ed Sweeney - Banjo

Ed Sweeney - Banjo

Ed Sweeney  - Live

Ed Sweeney - Live


Ed Sweeney Live Performance in Upstate New York 161 KB
Ed Sweeney Mill 1.11 MB
Long Bio 103 KB
Short Bio 59.9 KB
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


Sample Tracks