Calling all poets
Winter Poetry Challenge: Day 1

Tunes for a Monday Morning

Today, three songs from the American folk singer, fiddler and banjo player Sam Amidon. He was raised in a musical clan in New England (his parents specialized in shape-note hymns), but now lives in London in old England, where he's married to the folk-fusion musician Beth Orton.

Above, Amidon takes us into the woods with a terrific version of "As I Roved Out," an Anglo-Irish song that crossed the ocean to become a staple of the American folk tradition too, albeit in a slightly different form. The song was recorded for his sixth CD, Bright Sunny South (2013), with Amidon on banjo and Chris Vatalaro on drums.

Second, a charming little video for the Appalachian folk song "Wedding Dress," made with simple puppets and stop-motion animation. The song comes from Amidon's fourth CD, All is Well (2008).

And third, "Talk to Me of Mendocino," sung by Amidon and his close friend Martha Wainwright at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City (2012).

Wainright also comes from a musical clan, being the daughter of Loudon Wainright III and the late Kate McGarrigle. (Rufus Wainwright is her brother.) This beautiful song, beautifully performed, was written by Martha Wainright's mother. Wouldn't you have loved to have been in this historic little club (it used to be The Village Gate) on this particular night?

Oh heck, here's one more:

"Magpie," a gorgeous song by Amidon's wife, Beth Orton. It's from her sixth CD, Sugaring Season (2012). This one always reminds me of Charles de Lint's tales....

And don't forget:
Myth & Moor's Winter Poetry Challenge begins tomorrow....

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