I thought this might have been a good gig and my it was, and then some. You know when you listen to some spectral folk singer and wonder to yourself whether an artist can do it alone or whether its all production. In The Cobblestone’s intimate back room with about 40-50 people or so, Sam Amidon proved not only can he do it alone but he can do it with panache and a captivating personality.
He played Appalachian folk songs, Irish folk songs, wrapped his tunes around others like Tears for Fears ‘Head Over Heels’, R. Kelly (watch the video), screeched like a banshee mid-song startling everyone, did pushups mid-gig, played guitar, fiddle and banjo and told funny stories about his dreams/songs where he drank wine in the woods and floated atop snow dunes, hung out with conceptual artist Paul Simon and had auditory hallucinations where he re-imagined new Thelonious Monk material. He cast out demons in a strange incantation dance on stage, told us the last time he was in Mayo he slept in a football field and was generally awesome. His voice has a brittle, smooth, American twang it’s hard not to like. Brilliant, brilliant gig.
Go see him NEXT WEEK in Cork and on June 1st/2nd with Phosporescent in Dublin/Cork.
Friday May 8th – Nico Muhly & Sam Amidon Union Chapel, London
Sunday May 10th – Fiddle Fair, Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Co. Cork. (Sam Amidon Fiddle performance) / doors: 2.30pm / tickets: €15
Monday May 11th – instore @ Plugd Records, Cork @ 1pm – Plugd Records, 4 Washington st, Cork City
Tuesday May 12th – DeBarra’s, 55 Pearse St, Clonakilty, Co. Cork – doors: 9pm tickets: €10/€6
Monday June 1st – Whelan’s – w/ Phosphorescent, Dublin
Tuesday June 2nd – The Pavilion – w/ Phosphorescent, Cork
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.