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  • November 15, 2019

    Sam Amidon's 7" vinyl record Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith) is out now on Nonesuch. On the EP, Amidon performs four songs from Anthology of American Folk Music, Smith’s beloved and influential 1920s and ’30s folk music recordings. Amidon and frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily play all the instruments; Leo Abrahams engineered, produced, and mixed. Amidon concludes a UK tour in the week ahead, then tours the US Northeast.

  • September 24, 2019

    Sam Amidon's 7" vinyl record Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith) is due November 15 on Nonesuch. On the EP, Amidon performs four songs from Anthology of American Folk Music, Smith’s beloved and influential 1920s and ’30s folk music recordings. Amidon and frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily play all the instruments; Leo Abrahams engineered, produced, and mixed. You can watch a video for "Spike Driver Blues" and download it now when you pre-order the vinyl here.

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  • Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith), a four-track 7” vinyl record from singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, is due November 15, 2019, on Nonesuch Records. Amidon first publicly performed the songs on this EP—all of which were on Smith’s beloved and influential Anthology of American Folk Music—for a concert commissioned by Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium, as part of its large-scale Anthology tribute. Fatal Flower Garden was recorded over two days in East London with Amidon and frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily playing all the instruments; Leo Abrahams engineered, produced, and mixed. The 7” EP is available to preorder from the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of the track “Spike Driver Blues," written by Mississippi John Hurt.

    Amidon says: “Fatal Flower Garden is my tribute to the elusive spirit of Harry Smith and to his wondrous Anthology of American Folk Music. Harry Smith believed in the secret connections and mysteries that existed in culture ... whether it was the feeling of Thelonious Monk’s rhythmic phrasing; the patterns in string games and Ukrainian egg painting designs; the wild fiddle tunes; or the epic folk ballads. He understood American Folk Music to be a wildly heterogeneous category that included multiple cultural, racial, and linguistic elements.”

    He continues, “I love listening through the Anthology for its window in to 1920s musical practices in all their varied glory, but also for the silent consciousness of Harry Smith behind the whole thing. You can picture him listening to the recordings, expounding his theories about the connections between them, and digging all of it.”

    Fatal Flower Garden is Amidon’s fourth recording on Nonesuch and follows 2017’s The Following Mountain. He also was one of four singer/songwriter’s featured on Kronos Quartet’s 2017 Folk Songs for the label.

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Tour

Wed, Jan 22
Madrid
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Wed, Jan 22
Madrid
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Thu, Jan 23
Madrid
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Thu, Jan 23
Madrid
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Fri, Jan 24
Espinho
Auditório de Espinho
Fri, Jan 24
Espinho
Auditório de Espinho
Sat, Jan 25
Ourense
Café Torgal
Sat, Jan 25
Ourense
Café Torgal
Sun, Jan 26
Zaragoza
Centro Cívico Delicias
Sun, Jan 26
Zaragoza
Centro Cívico Delicias
Mon, Jan 27
Castellón de la Plana
Teatre del Raval
Mon, Jan 27
Castellón de la Plana
Teatre del Raval
Thu, Jan 30
Glasgow
Saint Luke's
Thu, Jan 30
Glasgow
Saint Luke's
Mon, Feb 3
Utrecht
TivoliVredenburg
Mon, Feb 3
Utrecht
TivoliVredenburg
Tue, Feb 4
Den Bosch
Willem Twee
Tue, Feb 4
Den Bosch
Willem Twee
Wed, Feb 5
Enschede
Muziekcentrum
Wed, Feb 5
Enschede
Muziekcentrum
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On the Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith), Sam Amidon performs four songs from Anthology of American Folk Music, Smith’s beloved and influential 1920s and ’30s folk music recordings. Amidon and frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily play all the instruments; Leo Abrahams engineered, produced, and mixed. "Harry Smith believed in the secret connections and mysteries that existed in culture," says Amidon, "whether it was the feeling of Thelonious Monk’s rhythmic phrasing; the patterns in string games and Ukrainian egg painting designs; the wild fiddle tunes; or the epic folk ballads."

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Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith), a four-track 7” vinyl record from singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, is due November 15, 2019, on Nonesuch Records. Amidon first publicly performed the songs on this EP—all of which were on Smith’s beloved and influential Anthology of American Folk Music—for a concert commissioned by Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium, as part of its large-scale Anthology tribute. Fatal Flower Garden was recorded over two days in East London with Amidon and frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily playing all the instruments; Leo Abrahams engineered, produced, and mixed. The 7” EP is available to preorder from the Nonesuch Store with an instant download of the track “Spike Driver Blues," written by Mississippi John Hurt.

Amidon says: “Fatal Flower Garden is my tribute to the elusive spirit of Harry Smith and to his wondrous Anthology of American Folk Music. Harry Smith believed in the secret connections and mysteries that existed in culture ... whether it was the feeling of Thelonious Monk’s rhythmic phrasing; the patterns in string games and Ukrainian egg painting designs; the wild fiddle tunes; or the epic folk ballads. He understood American Folk Music to be a wildly heterogeneous category that included multiple cultural, racial, and linguistic elements.”

He continues, “I love listening through the Anthology for its window in to 1920s musical practices in all their varied glory, but also for the silent consciousness of Harry Smith behind the whole thing. You can picture him listening to the recordings, expounding his theories about the connections between them, and digging all of it.”

Fatal Flower Garden is Amidon’s fourth recording on Nonesuch and follows 2017’s The Following Mountain. He also was one of four singer/songwriter’s featured on Kronos Quartet’s 2017 Folk Songs for the label.

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Tour

Wed, Jan 22
Madrid
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Wed, Jan 22
Madrid
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Thu, Jan 23
Madrid
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Thu, Jan 23
Madrid
Auditorio de Conde Duque
Fri, Jan 24
Espinho
Auditório de Espinho
Fri, Jan 24
Espinho
Auditório de Espinho
Sat, Jan 25
Ourense
Café Torgal
Sat, Jan 25
Ourense
Café Torgal
Sun, Jan 26
Zaragoza
Centro Cívico Delicias
Sun, Jan 26
Zaragoza
Centro Cívico Delicias
Mon, Jan 27
Castellón de la Plana
Teatre del Raval
Mon, Jan 27
Castellón de la Plana
Teatre del Raval
Thu, Jan 30
Glasgow
Saint Luke's
Thu, Jan 30
Glasgow
Saint Luke's
Mon, Feb 3
Utrecht
TivoliVredenburg
Mon, Feb 3
Utrecht
TivoliVredenburg
Tue, Feb 4
Den Bosch
Willem Twee
Tue, Feb 4
Den Bosch
Willem Twee
Wed, Feb 5
Enschede
Muziekcentrum
Wed, Feb 5
Enschede
Muziekcentrum
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