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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Imagining Limited Resources

  • 2016
  • Community
With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. He was born the last in a long line of performers including dancers, story tellers, choir singers, jazz pianists, and porch-stomping guitar thumpers dating back to the 1800s. James is an award-winning songwriter, one of the world's most innovative guitar players, and a Moth- featured storyteller. He brings all of this to his amazing stage show. A live performance by James is part theatre concert, part stomping-on-the-porch dance party, and part stand-up comedy. His critically acclaimed trilogy of albums, Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy (2008), For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen (2009), and And for the Dark Road Ahead (2012), for Toronto's Northern Blues label, has gained Samuel praise not only for carrying on great traditions, but for being a true innovator.