Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/artist 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, and released his debut album, Solo Fiddle, in 2003. Subsequent releases included 2009's Fiddle and Drum, a collaboration with percussionist Aaron Siegel, and 2014's Lily-O, which featured guitarist Bill Frisell. ~ James Christopher Monger
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