Born into a household where folk music was part of daily life, Sam Amidon learned to play the fiddle at a young age, leaning particularly on the traditional Irish style. In 2001 he self-released ‘Solo Fiddle’, an album of traditional Irish instrumentals, solely played by himself. He later learned guitar and went on to record the album — ‘But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted’ — a beautiful collection of reworked folk and traditional songs. He recorded this with longtime musical accomplice Thomas Bartlett from the band Doveman, which Amidon also plays in. Further albums have since been released. ‘All Is Well’ and ‘I See the Sign’ were recorded in Iceland, produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson and feature powerful arrangements by composer Nico Muhly.
Amidon’s fourth album – Bright Sunny South – was released in 2013, and his most recent album, Lily-O, was released in 2014. Amidon has also been working and performing with Bill Frisell.
“Amidon is doing to folk what Arthur Russell did to disco and dance music: The components are taken context-free and mixed around. He can recognize the patterns of bluegrass or jazz or indie rock without being bound to them. The result is compelling and can appeal to longtime fans of the genre or to the more avant-garde listener”. UNCUT