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    Abbey Arts presents: Sam Amidon (Vermont) w/ secret special guests, and Eli West opens (7:30) @ Ballard Homestead
    Ballard Homestead
    Seattle, WA
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    Saturday Oct 11, 2014 7:00 PM - Saturday Oct 11, 2014 9:30 PM | $10.00 - $12.00


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    Abbey Arts presents: Sam Amidon (Vermont) w/ secret special guests, and Eli West opens (7:30) @ Ballard Homestead
    *TICKETS AT THE DOOR*

    Abbey Arts presents: Sam Amidon (Vermont), Eli West (Seattle), plus secret special guests perform with Sam @ Ballard Homestead

    Note: 7:30 concert start, 7:00 doors open

    @ Ballard Homestead, a new community venue space in North Ballard at 6541 Jones Ave NW. Free street parking and in church lot 1 block east on 23rd.  Please be extra quiet as you leave the venue due to sleeping neighbors nearby.

    $10 students/seniors, $12 general advance
    $15 at the door (all), cash only



    About Sam:

    NONESUCH RECORDS TO RELEASE SAM AMIDON'S LILY-O ON SEPT 30
    NEW COLLECTION OF AMIDON'S SIGNATURE SONG REINTERPRETATIONS
    FEATURES COLLABORATION WITH GUITARIST BILL FRISELL, BASSIST
    SHAHZAD ISMAILY, DRUMMER CHRIS VATALARO
    US TOUR ANNOUNCED

    "What distinguishes Amidon from the pack of folk revivalists currently enamored

    with pre-rock Americana: He not only has an impressively deep knowledge

    of traditional song forms, but takes liberties with the country's past in order to

    document his own personal present." - Pitchfork

    Lily-O, a new album of reimagined folk songs by Vermont-born singer/fiddler/

    banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon will be released Sept. 30 by Nonesuch Records. The

    album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Feist) and

    features the innovative jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, along with Amidon's

    other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro.

    Amidon performs as part of Nonesuch's 50th

    Records at BAM in Brooklyn, NY in September and will tour the US and Europe this

    fall in support of the new release. Frisell and Ismaily join Amidon on select dates

    (schedule below); additional shows will be announced soon. Pre-orders of Lily-O are

    available now at nonesuch.com, iTunes and Amazon with an instant download of the

    album track "Walkin' Boss."

    "Walkin' Boss" is one of the first songs I learned on the banjo, by playing along with

    a recording by Jeff Davis as a teenager," Amidon said. "As it happens this is also

    the first tune that we recorded during the sessions, on a crisp October morning in

    Reykjavik."

    Frisell has been a hero of Amidon's since the young Vermont native first heard

    the guitarist play at the Village Vanguard during a teenage visit to New York City.

    The two musicians stayed in touch and had their first live collaboration in 2011; not

    long after, Amidon began contemplating a return to Iceland to make a third album

    at Sigurðsson's Greenhouse Studios. He eventually invited Frisell to join him and

    Sigurðsson, along with Ismaily and Vatalaro, to record what became Lily-O.

    "I decided to put us all in a room together in Reykjavik for a few days," Amidon said.

    "I knew if I got Bill together with those guys they would get into a deep situation. I

    imagined that we would do something weird and fiddle-based, but when we got in

    there it just felt great to sing the songs I had gathered. Recording took about four

    anniversary celebration, Nonesuch

    days. I'd teach them the basic structure of the song; we'd do a few takes, and move

    on to a new one. There's maybe one or two overdubs but otherwise you're hearing

    what we played."

    Lily-O's 10 songs are mostly traditional folk songs gathered from disparate sources

    and refashioned in Amidon's signature way (complete track list follows). The

    interplay between the four musicians is informed by their backgrounds in improvised

    music and the spontaneous nature of the sessions. As always, the central element

    is Amidon's voice, which, in his deceptively understated manner, tells tales of

    adventure, love, violence and redemption.

    Lily-O follows four albums by Amidon including his 2013 Nonesuch debut, Bright

    Sunny South. 2010's I See The Sign and 2008's All Is Well were made for the

    Icelandic label Bedroom Community and featured orchestral arrangements by

    composer Nico Muhly. Along the way Amidon has performed worldwide in myriad

    contexts, collaborating with musicians such as Muhly, Thomas Bartlett/Doveman,

    Beth Orton and Glen Hansard. He has appeared as a guest artist on recent albums

    by Tune-Yards, Aoife O'Donovan and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:

    nonesuch.com, samamidon.com, facebook.com/samamidonmusic or follow

    Media Contact:

    Deb Bernardini, 413.529.2830 or deb@tmmchi.com

    @samamidon on Twitter

    Sam Amidon Tour Dates

    Sept 20 Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn, NY

    Sept 21 Mass MoCA North Adams, MA

    Oct 11 Fremont Abbey Arts Center Seattle, WA ^

    Oct 13 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA*

    Oct 14 Largo at the Coronet Los Angeles, CA ^

    Oct 16 The Barns at Wolf Trap Vienna, VA*

    Oct 17 Fringe Arts Philadelphia, PA*

    Oct 18 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY*

    Oct 20 The Parlor Room Northampton, MA ^

    Nov 16 EFG London Jazz Festival London, UK*

    * denotes special guests Bill Frisell and Shahzad Ismaily

    ^ denotes special guest Shahzad Ismaily

    Lily-O Track List

    1. Walkin' Boss

    2. Down the Line

    3. Blue Mountains

    4. Pat Do This, Pat Do That

    6. Groundhog Variations

    7. Won't Turn Back

    8. Maid Lamenting

    9. Your Lone Journey

    10. Devotion

    5. Lily-O

    Location

    Ballard Homestead (View)
    6543 Jones Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98117
    United States


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