Samuel Tear is a prolific artist. As well as spending 22 hours a day writing music in a scatter of bands (Doveman, Stars Like Fleas..) he also searches the archives for forgotten songs that he can add his own twist to (he draws comic strips too). ‘But This Chicken Proved False Hearted’ has just been released under Tear’s Samamidon project with friend Thomas Bartlett. The album is a knowing ramble through old-time Appalachian folk music. ‘Tribulation’ is an E.C. Ball composition, a lo-fi wonder that would scarcely disturb a butterfly. It is utterly without frills despite a generous piano accompaniment. The focus is on Tear’s smoky drawl (David Kitt springs to mind) that expresses the essence of world-weariness in a youthful frame.
Samamidon – Tribulation
And as a last goodbye to the annual Irish fest that is St. Patrick’s Day (week) here is some traditional Irish music from Tear. His fantastic site is filled with tons of downloads including 2 tracks from his new album ‘But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted’. ‘Ballyloughlin’ is a tune he recorded with Isaac Alderson and Keith Murphy and is a great wig out for traditionalists as well those looking for a lively peephole into the world of fiddles and bagpipes. KD
Amidon, Alderson, Murphy – Ballyloughlin
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