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Lily-O ★★★★

Nonesuch Records

Fol­low­ing last year’s cov­ers al­bum, Bright Sunny South, Ver­mont-born fid­dler/ban­joist/ singer-song­writer Sam Ami­don (and Mr Beth Or­ton, to boot) this time reaches back through the decades to re­fash­ion tra­di­tional folk songs gath­ered from dis­parate sources. That he has done so in the company of ex­per­i­men­tal jazz gui­tarist, Bill Frisell, and other sim­i­lar­ly­minded mu­si­cians means that we are treated to some­thing rather more com­pelling than usual ren­di­tions of old folk songs. Ir­ish ( Pat do this, Pat do That), English ( Maid Lament­ing) and Amer­i­can bal­lads (Doc Wat­son’s eerie, ten­der Your Long Jour­ney) are de­liv­ered equal parts au­then­tic and atonal, with Frisell’s del­i­cate, febrile gui­tar work in par­tic­u­lar lifting the songs into a con­tem­po­rary ur­ban set­ting. samami­


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