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AMY DUNCAN Music

"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

Cocoon

Amy is releasing a new album 'Cocoon' on 26 November 2021 with the lead single released on 13 August

After the events of the past seventeen months, the exquisite “A Door Is Opening” is relatable for all of us. “The songs from the Cocoon came out of the experience of the pandemic, and A Door is Opening is about the momentous feeling of leaving the house for a walk during lockdown,” explains Duncan. “The simple action of opening the door and stepping out felt like a special occasion, knowing that it was the only choice to make.”

Blending warm yet minimal folk and electronica sounds with intimate vocals, Cocoon was recorded in Edinburgh with producer-engineer Cameron Malcolm, who produced Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile’s 2012 solo album Mid Air. Multi-instrumentalist Duncan plays keys, synths, electric guitar and electric upright bass on Cocoon, while her son Finn contributes acoustic guitar.

Duncan will launch Cocoon with a very special show at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on November 21, which will also be livestreamed. Tickets on sale now: Physical / Livestream

"A crystalline sound world, with confidently poised delivery and bittersweet delicacy" The Scotsman

The Hidden World

"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.

The Whole Town song from the album was featured in The Herald Top 100 Tunes from Scotland in 2020 and the album was included in top 30 albums of 2020 in The Big Takeover Magazine. It was also in the ‘Standout’ section of The Musician Magazine in summer 2020.

Amy’s abstract photograph 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.

Photo by Somhairle MacDonald
Photo by Somhairle MacDonald
Photo by Somhairle MacDonald
Photo by Somhairle MacDonald

TOUR DATES

21 November 2021- Album Launch - Venue TBC - Edinburgh

19 April 2022 - The Green Note - London

21 April 2022 - Chapel Arts Centre - Bath

April 2022 - Pound Arts Centre - Corsham

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