Tuesday 02 November 8pm
+ Hannah Peel (Ireland)
+ Matt Winkworth (album launch "9½ Songs")
56 Walton Street Jericho Oxford OX2 6AZ
Tickets £7 advance / more on the door
Tonight is a quiet concert - please respect the artists during their sets, thanks.
First act onstage 8.20pm
An absolute gem of a show for Coo, folk expressionist Sam Amidon, who recently performed at the Barbican on The Whale Watching Tour, with Ben Frost, Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurdsson, as the four singular artists behind Iceland's Bedroom Community record label. One of only 3 UK dates, don't miss this rare opportunity to see Sam play an intimate Oxford show.
Acclaimed folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon’s intuitive and often radical reworkings of age-old secular ballads, gospel, folk songs, and hymns render familiar characters new through his direction, vision, vocals, banjo, guitar, and stellar contributions from fellow musicians.
Albums are Solo Fiddle (2001), But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted (Plug Research, 2007), All Is Well (Bedroom Community, 2008), and I See The Sign (Bedroom Community, 2010). He frequently collaborates with Thomas Bartlett, Shahzad Ismaily, Nico Muhly, and Valgeir Sigurðsson. Amidon lives in New York City.
Born in 1981 and raised in Vermont by folk-musician parents, Sam Amidon sings and plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar. A musician who glides through unlikely set of genres from traditional folk to free jazz, Amidon has released four solo albums, and also plays in the New York-based indie-rock bands Doveman and Stars Like Fleas. After a seven-year stint in New York City, Amidon has been fully itinerant since 2008 as he tours and collaborates with a roster of renowned musicians, including Shahzad Ismaily, Nico Muhly, Thomas Bartlett, Ben Frost, and Valgeir Sigurðsson, recently performing at the Barbican.
On Amidon’s new release, I See The Sign, he works with old-time melodies and lyrics as a starting point for creating atmosphere. His long-time collaborator, Shahzad Ismaily – a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has worked with a diverse range of musicians including Laurie Anderson, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jolie Holland, Rage Against the Machine, Lou Reed, and Tom Waits – proved foundational to the creation of I See The Sign. The album features three children’s singing games popularized by Georgia Sea Islands songstress Bessie Jones, recomposed by Amidon to expose maturity and unease.
Each of Amidon’s albums has shone with the care and support offered by his collaborators, and never is this clearer than on the sweeping epic of I See The Sign.
Amidon draws comics and makes videos. His work has shown in the galleries Kuhturm in Leipzig, Audio Visual Arts in New York City, and in a multimedia performance at New York’s Museum of Art and Design.
Rising musical star Hannah Peel produces enchanting reworkings of traditional Irish song and 80s synth pop, alongside her own compositions laced with melancholic childhood tales. Her debut album produced by producer and composer Mike Lindsay (Tunng) and is due for release on Static Caravan later this year. She has been busy playing with Dukes Special, The Unthanks (who she performs with), David Ford Tunng, Isbells and Olof Arnalds, working with Nitin Sawhney and appeared on the Culture Show and Later With Jools..and her 'Organ Song' features on the new OMD album.
Delightful and charming piano based narrative, anti-indie songs, telling forgotten stories and tall tales with a wry nod to cabaret and vaudeville, embellished by broken rhythms and jagged melodies. Songs cover subjects as diverse as tragic celebrity Lolo Ferrari, worker bees, human statues, Tasseography, and zombies. Matt is celebrating tonight with the launch of new mini album "9½ Songs".
"Matt always delivers a deliriously enjoyable mixture of dark cabaret; musical theatre at its most Sondheim and Regina Spektor at her most playful." - Oxfordshire Music Scene, Autumn 2010