Renowned Folk Artist Set For Intimate Performance In Blennerville Windmill

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Sam Amidon

EXPERIMENTAL folk artist, singer and multi- instrumentalist Sam Amidon pays his first visit to Kerry for an intimate performance in the unique surrounds of Blennerville Windmill on this Tuesday night at 8pm.

The Vermont-born singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist is known for his intuitive and often radical re-workings of secular ballads, gospel, folk songs and hymns with interludes of storytelling, field recordings, and video.

The performer, who was reared in a New England folk household cites singer Paul Brady and fiddle player Tommy Peoples as early influences.

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Though he cultivates the appearance of a folk singer with his shaggy hair, flannel shirts, and jeans, Amidon operates more like a freewheeling jazz improviser.

He uses traditional material as a point of departure for his own melodic explorations; he reassembles time-worn lyrics into evocative new cut-and-pasted texts.

In 2001, Amidon self-released ‘Solo Fiddle’, an album of traditional Irish fiddle instrumentals, since this he has gone on to released five more albums, proving himself a superb interpreter of traditional folk songs.

Last year Amidon released ‘The Following Mountain’, his first full album of original music, through which his affinity for the more experimental side of jazz seeps through.

Amidon has appeared as a guest artist on albums by Tune-Yards, Glen Hansard, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Olof Arnalds, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The National amongst others.

This concert will take place at 8 pm on Tuesday June 5 in Blennerville Windmill, tickets are €10 and can be booked on-line from the nonfaction website by clicking here

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