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    Sam Amidon’s "Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith)" Due November 15 on Nonesuch

    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 his take on Mississippi John Hurt's “Spike Driver Blues."

    Fatal Flower Garden will also be available to download on iTunes and Amazon and stream at Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers. Amidon tours the northeastern US this November and December; dates are listed below.

    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.

    SAM AMIDON ON TOUR

    Oct 6 National Concert Hall Dublin, IRELAND
    Nov 2 Walthamstow Folk Festival London, UK
    Nov 6 Gullivers Manchester, UK
    Nov 7 Hyde Park Book Club Leeds, UK
    Nov 8 The Black Gate Galway, IRELAND
    Nov 9 The Duncairn Belfast, UK
    Nov 10 The Hope & Ruin Brighton, UK
    Nov 16 Merlin Theatre Sheffield, UK
    Nov 17 The Anvil Basingstoke, UK
    Nov 22 The Folk House Bristol, UK
    Nov 23 The Silk Mill Frome, UK
         
    Nov 30 The Parlour Room Northampton, MA
    Dec 1 SPACE Portland, ME
    Dec 2 Passim Cambridge, MA
    Dec 3 Le Poisson Rouge* New York, NY
    Dec 4 Columbus Theater* Providence, RI
    Dec 7 Boot & Saddle Philadelphia, PA
    Dec 8 Concerts in the Studio Freehold, NJ
    Dec 10 Songbyrd Washington, DC
         

    *w/Xylouris White

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Sam Amidon’s "Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith)" Due November 15 on Nonesuch

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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 his take on Mississippi John Hurt's “Spike Driver Blues."

Fatal Flower Garden will also be available to download on iTunes and Amazon and stream at Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital service providers. Amidon tours the northeastern US this November and December; dates are listed below.

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.

SAM AMIDON ON TOUR

Oct 6 National Concert Hall Dublin, IRELAND
Nov 2 Walthamstow Folk Festival London, UK
Nov 6 Gullivers Manchester, UK
Nov 7 Hyde Park Book Club Leeds, UK
Nov 8 The Black Gate Galway, IRELAND
Nov 9 The Duncairn Belfast, UK
Nov 10 The Hope & Ruin Brighton, UK
Nov 16 Merlin Theatre Sheffield, UK
Nov 17 The Anvil Basingstoke, UK
Nov 22 The Folk House Bristol, UK
Nov 23 The Silk Mill Frome, UK
     
Nov 30 The Parlour Room Northampton, MA
Dec 1 SPACE Portland, ME
Dec 2 Passim Cambridge, MA
Dec 3 Le Poisson Rouge* New York, NY
Dec 4 Columbus Theater* Providence, RI
Dec 7 Boot & Saddle Philadelphia, PA
Dec 8 Concerts in the Studio Freehold, NJ
Dec 10 Songbyrd Washington, DC
     

*w/Xylouris White

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