About BETH ORTON & SAM AMIDON
Beth Orton is a singer and songwriter who has released six trailblazing albums, including the BRIT Award-winning Central Reservation, and 2012’s ‘Sugaring Season’, which Vogue described as ‘a beautiful and timely album, filled with melancholy’.
Orton was born in East Dereham, Norfolk, UK and moved to London at a young age. Early guest appearances with The Chemical Brothers and William Orbit paved the way for her debut LP Trailer Park in 1997, a groundbreaking work that pioneered the synthesis of electronic beats and acoustic-based songwriting. Further albums including the Jim O’Rourke-produced Comfort of Strangers showed the breadth and depth of Orton’s songwriting and musicianship, amplified by international touring and collaborations over the years with Nick Cave, Bert Jansch, Emmylou Harris, and Terry Callier, among others.
Her most recent album is 2016’s acclaimed Kidsticks, about which the Guardian wrote, ‘it is a real reinvention: not so much a return to her electronic roots as a bold exploration of fresh territory’.
Sam Amidon is a singer/banjoist/fiddler/guitarist originally from Brattleboro, Vermont. He has released five acclaimed albums of radically reimagined folksongs on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels, most recently 2014’s Lily-O.
‘Part preservationist, part visionary’(Boston Globe), Amidon’s material consists primarily of adventurous reworkings of traditional American ballads and work songs with The New York Times describing how Amidon ‘transforms all of the songs, changing their colours and loading them with trapdoors.’
The albums have included contributions from musicians such as composer Nico Muhly, guitarist Bill Frisell and Thomas Bartlett among others. Along the way Amidon has recorded or performed as a guest artist with musicians such as Tune-Yards, Jason Moran, Bon Iver, and Beth Orton.