San Fermin And Sam Amidon Collaborate On “Shiver”

Posted on Apr. 6 2016

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NPR Music premieres “Shiver,” a one-off collaboration between San Fermin and Sam Amidon that was conceived in the midst of their winter 2015 tour. San Fermin’s Ellis Ludwig-Leone explained its creation to NPR Music:

“‘Shiver'” was born while we were on tour together in the chilly Northeast and Midwest this past December. It started with an iPhone recording of Sam’s five year-old son Arthur banging on some drums at the venue in Providence, which I turned into a beat. Sam wrote a banjo line and played a violin solo over that, which we recorded on stage in the minutes before doors opened at our show in Columbus. Once the tour was over, I set the Simic poem (Sam’s idea), Allen laid down vocals, and some of the band members came in to flesh things out. Sam sent over his vocal track from London and that was that.”

San Fermin closed out 2015 with a sold-out show at DC’s 9:30 Club and three sold-out shows at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom, which earned rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal (“exceptional”) and more, and just kicked off a headlining North American tour supporting the deluxe edition of their latest album, ‘Jackrabbit’ (Downtown). Esmé Patterson, Your Friend and Ivan & Alyosha will join San Fermin on select dates. More 2016 dates will soon be announced.

Sam Amidon’s latest Nonesuch Records release is Lily-O, a collaboration with pioneering jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. Omnivore Recordings also recently reissued Amidon’s long out of print debut But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted. Amidon performs at this weekend’s Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, with additional 2016 shows forthcoming. For more information please visit

San Fermin Tour Dates:
03/31/16: Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
04/01/16: Missoula, MT – The Top Hat *
04/04/16: Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre *
04/05/16: Omaha, NE – Waiting Room *
04/06/16: Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon *
04/07/16: Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center *
04/08/16: Iowa City, IA – Mission Creek Festival
04/09/16: Holland, MI – Park Theatre @ Hope College *
04/11/16: Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
04/12/16: Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place *
04/13/16: Ithaca, NY – The Haunt *
04/14/16: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club *
04/15/16: Baltimore, MD – Ottobar *
04/30/16: Indianapolis, IN – InFusion Festival
05/02/16: Dallas, TX – Club Dada %
05/03/16: Austin, TX – Parish %
05/05/16: Kansas City, MO – Middle of the Map Festival %
05/07/16: Galesburg, IL – Knox College
05/26/16: Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom #
05/27/16: Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones #
05/28/16: Napa, CA – BottleRock
06/05/16: Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest
07/08/16: Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
07/10/16: Ottawa, ON – Ottawa BluesFest
07/23/16: Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Festival
08/05/16: St. Charles, IA – Hinterland Music Festival

* w/ Esmé Patterson
% w/ Your Friend
# w/ Ivan & Alyosha

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