Multimedia show from American ballad and folk singer Sam AmidonJuly 27, 2012 - 7:00am
American singer Sam Amidon 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 folk household in Vermont and who cites singer Paul Brady and fiddle player Tommy Peoples, will be in concert at the Róisín Dubh this Sunday as part of Galway Arts Festival.
His multimedia show consists of a series of reports from Sam's far-flung wanderings and travels as he uses a banjo, fiddle, guitar and projector to take his audiences to many different lands.
This talented performer will perform unusual numbers – audiences can expect him to play Kentucky fiddle tune to a backdrop of hand-drawn projected illustrations of heartbreak, or give an eerie field recording from the Georgia Sea Islands while also providing ‘visual analysis’ via ambiguous and oddly compelling dance moves; and he sings beautiful folk songs, with the audience audience providing backing vocals.
Sam Amidon explores the love, hardship, and heartache contained in age-old folk songs while interjecting his own improvisations in narrative and structure. His songs aim to move freely through ancient and modern worlds.
Drawing from his most recent album, I See The Sign, which was recorded in Iceland, this show will also includes projections of Sam's own hand-drawn cartoons and short videos.
Doors are at 9pm, and support comes from The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock.