He has singlehandedly redefined what folk music is, partly because of his restless mind and twitchy fingers, and partly because he simply won’t stand still. Youmight say that Sam Amidon has re-invented traditional folk through his melding of age-old music with the sound of today. He’s an expert guitarist, banjoist, and fiddler, and a lot more too. You can discover this multifaceted artist when Amidon brings his contemporary folk narratives, replete with videos, field recordings, and hand-drawn cartoons to Mass MoCA’s intimate Club B-10 on Saturday, November 19, at 8 PM as part of the Alt Cabaret series.
Music publication Pitchfork explains that “Amidon doesn’t just update the old world to the new, but finds the roots of the new world in the old.”
First picking up the fiddle at age 3, Amidon began his musical career with his family’s band, and by age 8 he had made his first record playing strings for The Amidons. Raised in Brattleboro, Vermont, he was inspired by his family’s Appalachian musical heritage. Since that early start he’s been involved with a dozen bands, recording five albums with his band Assembly (which included his brother on the drums) and contributing to indie bands Doveman and Stars Like Fleas. At age 20, Amidon released his first solo album, Solo Fiddle, featuring a novel perspective on traditional Irish music.