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Amy Duncan singer-songwriter

"Duncan’s voice is heavenly" Maverick Magazine

Scottish artist Amy Duncan writes emotive songs, combining intimate vocals, guitar, electric upright bass, synths, and piano creating a folk-pop sound.

Her debut album ‘Pilgrimage’ was released on US label Plain Recordings in 2006 after they discovered Amy’s home recordings on My Space.

Amy self-released a further 2 albums achieving TV placements on BBC 3 Lip Service and the Netflix version of ‘Charmed’.

Creative Scotland funding made it possible for Amy to work with producer Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile) leading to Amy’s 4th album Cycles of Life being released on Linn Records (2013). She has gone on to record a further 2 albums with him ‘Undercurrents’ (2016) and ‘Antidote’ (2017).

"Amy Duncan’s music makes the world a better place, and right now we need her, and those like her, more than ever" Alistair Braidwood
"A crystalline sound world, with confidently poised delivery and bittersweet delicacy" The Scotsman
“Spacey, introspective, contemplative, acoustic pop with touches of Jazz and of classical minimalism” fRoots

The Hidden World Album

"Vulnerable reflections, glowing reveries, and gently vibrant ballads steeped in relevant storytelling lyrics gleaned from dreams and Greek mythology" The Big Takeover Magazine
"A decidedly uplifting and beautiful album" The Barley Boat

Amy's new album The Hidden World was released on 12 June 2020 with radio play including BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, and BBC 6 Music Radcliffe and Maconie. There are 3 animated music videos to accompany the album. Labyrinth & Medusa both premiered on Folk Radio UK and the 3rd animation is out now!

Amy’s abstract photography has inspired the songs on which she plays acoustic guitar, piano, electric upright bass & synths. Featuring percussion by Guy Nicolson (Moishes Bagel).

The photograph that inspired Labyrinth

I find reflections fascinating as they can appear like doorways into other worlds. I enjoy sharing my reflection photography as sometimes the dreamy otherworldly imagery is a good description of how I am feeling. I have found photography to be a really important outlet for the feelings that can’t be put into words and it offers a different way of approaching my songwriting. It gives me new ways of understanding myself and takes me down unusual thought pathways.”

Tracy Foster used the photographs that influenced the songs as a starting point for the animations, with altered perception, layering and mystery as a visual theme linking the videos.

This photograph has inspired The Hidden World song.

The Hidden World album was engineered, mixed and mastered by Cameron Malcolm who produced Mid Air by Paul Buchanan (The Blue Nile). Cameron is the son of Calum Malcolm who produced Amy’s previous albums: Cycles of Life (2013 Linn Records) & Undercurrents (2016) both of which were funded by Creative Scotland and distributed through Proper Music.

With her 2020 tour cancelled due to lockdown, Amy recorded some home performances of songs from the album.

Amy is now working on a new album written throughout the pandemic. This video is a work in progress of the new song Blood. The album will be released in the Autumn 2021 with a live stream to be announced soon.

Photo by Jannica Honey
Photo by Jannica Honey
Photo by Steven Kipanda

TOUR DATES

1 February 2021 - Glenfarg Folk Club

18 April 2021 - The Green Note - London

25 April 2021 - Chapel Arts Centre - Bath

Date TBC - Pound Arts Centre - Corsham

TECH REQUIREMENTS

SOLO

My loop machine (TC Helicon Voicelive3 Extreme) has 2 jacks out (stereo guitar) plus a vocal wet and dry. I also need a separate stereo line for my Roland Juno DS Keyboard. I bring my own microphone. If there is an acoustic piano in the venue I will require an additional microphone. If there is no acoustic piano I will require another stereo line for my digital stage piano.

WITH BAND

PERCUSSION: Kick drum - d112 or equivalent on short boom / Snare - SM57 / Tabla Lo - pencil condenser e.g akg414, rode nt5 etc on our stand (take thread out of mic clip to fit) / Tabla Hi - pencil condenser e.g akg414, rode nt5 etc on our stand (take thread out of mic clip to fit) / Overhead Mic as appropriate on tall boom / Overhead Mic as appropriate on tall boom

DOUBLE BASS: Will bring amp/pickup & pre amp

DISCOGRAPHY

My full discography is available on Bandcamp where you will also find merch such as greetings cards and prints.

LINKS

CONTACT

info@amyduncan.co.uk