Samuel Acus was born in Michigan with a mandolin in his hands. (Not really, but it sounds more dramatic that way.) Living in Ohio early on, he picked up the ukulele as soon as (actually before!) he was able to hold it without dropping it, which was about age three. When he was five, he saw his dad playing a mandolin, and he thought it sounded fun, so he wanted to do it too! His dad taught him how to play simple chords and melodies, and that kid really dove into it!
Sam was 10 when he moved to Vermont, and since then he has really enjoyed sharing his music in a variety of settings, starting with a self-produced show at the One Radish Eatery, and followed by: Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival (Weston Stage); ZenBarn (Opening for Jacob Jolliff Band); Holley Hall in Bristol VT; Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier, VT; Radio Bean in Burlington, VT; and the Grey Fox Mainstage in New York (with Man About a Horse).
Since the pandemic Sam has been working hard on his debut mini-album and has been practicing like crazy! The picture you see here is his first performance after a long hiatus from the pandemic.
Sam has been really lucky to have some great teachers over the years including Lee Bayliss, Grant Flick, Jamie Masefield, Tom Cleary, Will Patton, David Gusakov, and his dad helped out a couple of times when he was without a teacher. He’s really looking forward to continuing to learn and share his music in the future.
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