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Popcorn Behavior (now known as Assembly) was formed in 1993 when Sam Amidon was 12 years old. A committed fiddler from the age of three, Sam is now among the most highly regarded in the Eastern United States’ crowded field of Irish-style players. Younger brother Stefan Amidon’s singular approach to the Mideastern dumbek is only the best-known souvenir of his many and continuing adventures in the percussion world.

Band member and a prolific tunesmith Thomas Bartlett (dob~1979) initiated his first classical piano lessons at age six, but a scant dozen years later his extraordinary talents find him in demand as a theater accompanist, performing solo piano recitals, and earning him top honors in concerto competitions. He spent a year studying in London with world-renowned classical pianist and teacher Maria Curcio.

Keith Murphy—of the highly-regarded trio Nightingale—provides his trademark driving guitar, mandolin and Quebecois-style footwork, not to mention his smooth energy and stage-wise artistry. Add his remarkable vocal presence and disarming smile and you’ve got the Popcorn mix!


The band was formed in 1993 with the release of their self-titled debut, when Thomas and Sam were 13, and Stefan was 10 years old. Since then they have released two more albums, 1996’s “Journeywork, and 1999’s “Strangest Dream,” (the first album with the full quartet) all of which have received rave reviews.

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