Advance Tickets: $15 General / $10 Students & WF Members
Door Tickets: $20 General / $15 Students & WF Members
Acclaimed fiddler, banjoist and guitarist Sam Amidon’s albums have been graced by the likes of composer Nico Muhly, guitarist Bill Frisell, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and vocalist Beth Orton. His latest Nonesuch release, The Following Mountain, was one of the most sonically compelling albums of 2017 and featured cameos from drummer Milford Graves and Jimi Hendrix percussionist Juma Sultan. Although all the songs were composed by Amidon, he took his inspiration, both lyrically and musically, from the Appalachian folk music that has been the focus of his previous albums. Folk Roots Magazine said, “The Following Mountain sees a further leap among Amidon’s established continuum on which free jazz improvisations and traditional sensibilities cohabit, sometimes spare and simple, sometimes colliding with jarring urgency…Amidon shows that he isn’t a restless or purposeless innovator. His music feels both conscious and free… It’s a beauty.”
Vancouver musicians Paul Rigby (guitar, pedal steel), Josh Zubot (violin) and Peggy Lee (cello) collaborate with Amidon for this concert, along with his long-time musical partner, Shahzad Ismaily on bass and percussion.
Sam’s bassist, the great Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Marc Ribot, Secret Chiefs 3) will be playing a rare solo concert on February 26. Tickets here >>
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/artist Sam Amidon, began playing fiddle at the age of three. Raised by musician parents on a steady diet of Irish and Appalachian folk in Brattleboro, Vermont, Amidon spent the early arc of his teens performing and recording traditional dance and avant folk music with his parents, as well as his own group, Assembly. He added banjo and guitar to his repertoire after relocating to New York City, where he began collaborating with longtime friend Thomas Bartlett(Doveman), as well as a host of other acts like Tall Firs, the Swell Season, and Stares. He released his debut album, Solo Fiddle, in 2003, followed in 2007 by But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted and All Is Well in 2008. Amidon married singer/songwriter Beth Orton and the two had a son in 2011. Output remained strong from Amidon as he entered into family life, with new volumes arriving in the form of 2009′s duet with percussionist Aaron Siegel, Fiddle and Drum, 2010′s I See the Sign, and for Nonesuch, 2013′s Bright Sunny South and 2014′s Lily-O. The latter featured guitar legend Bill Frisell. In 2015, But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted was reissued in an expanded edition from Omnivore Records after years out of print. His first album to consist entirely of original songs, The Following Mountain arrived via Nonesuch in 2017. It was produced by Leo Abrahams (Regina Spektor, Frightened Rabbit) and featured guests including veteran jazz drummer Milford Graves.