Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Samuel Tear, aka Sam Amidon, began playing fiddle at the age of three. Raised by musician parents on a steady diet of Irish and Appalachian folk in Brattleboro, Vermont, Amidon spent the early arc of his teens performing and recording traditional dance and avant folk music with his parents, as well as his own group, Assembly.
He added banjo and guitar to his repertoire after relocating to New York City, where he began collaborating with longtime friend Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), as well as a host of other acts like Tall Firs, the Swell Season, and Stares. He released his debut album, ‘Solo Fiddle’, in 2003, followed in 2007 by ‘But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted’ and ‘All Is Well’ in 2008.
Amidon married singer/songwriter Beth Orton and the two had a son in 2011. Output remained strong from Amidon as he entered into family life, with new volumes arriving in the form of 2009’s duet with percussionist Aaron Siegel, ‘Fiddle and Drum’, 2010’s ‘I See the Sign’, and for Nonesuch, 2013’s ‘Bright Sunny South’ and 2014’s ‘Lily-O’; the latter featured guitar legend Bill Frisell.
In 2015, ‘But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted’ was reissued in an expanded edition from Omnivore Records after years out of print. His first album to consist entirely of original songs, ‘The Following Mountain’ arrived via Nonesuch in 2017. It was produced by Leo Abrahams (Regina Spektor, Frightened Rabbit) and featured guests including veteran jazz drummer Milford Graves.
Luke De-Sciscio is a UK singer-songwriter whose music sounds like it was transported from a different era of songwriting. Poetically intense and sonically intimate, his releases are recorded almost exclusively live.
Luke’s thirst for authenticity draws from the age old adage; ‘the truth will set you free.’ This mantra which underpins the entirety of his catalogue takes no fuller flight than on 2019’s critically acclaimed ‘Good Bye Folk Boy’. This 11 track journey was recorded sequentially over the space of 2 months, with each song being recorded on the day it was written.
‘Good Bye Folk Boy” has received critical acclaim. The Indie Folx awarded the album 4.3/5 stars describing ‘Good Bye Folk Boy’ as the epitome of the genre. We All Want Someone To Shout For championed the record claiming ‘this is why we do what we do.’