English singer/songwriter Amy Hollinrake first drew praise in 2016 for her debut EP 'Fade into This' with Backwater Records, which drew comparisons to Mazzy Star and Sandy Denny.
With a mostly acoustic setup, composing on her Mountain Dulcimer, Amy draws on folk songs fused with original ideas, to create a unique contemporary sound that breathes new life into traditional stories. Accompanied by her band, she finds subtle synergies between acoustic instruments and washing synth textures, weaving through jazz inflected rhythms.
Based in South-East London she combines influences close to home and further afield. Her songwriting, described as both cryptic and emotionally direct, draws on her influence and affinity with women’s experience presented in folklore, poetry and literature. Dubbed at her The Harrison, London debut gig as ‘making you consider the words in a different way. She has an absolutely captivating voice, one that raises the hairs on the neck and makes you want to listen all night’.
Researcher and founder of feminist cataloguing project Loathly Lady, lockdown brought Amy dedicated time to develop an ambitious idea to create an online catalogue of female identity in folk songs and ballads. Launching 2022.
Winner of the Bert Jansch award 2018 and Cecil Sharp House professional folk artist 2021, Amy has been getting known in the London scene and beyond.
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'an exceptional and inventive performance' read Folk Radio UK video review here
‘a mixture of Allysen Callery and Joan Baez, rich yet languid, a mixture of traditional and modern folk sensibilities’ (Terrascope Magazine)
'...haunting, jazz kissed, inspired by folk traditions with distinctive vocals' (R2 Magazine)
‘Amy makes you consider the words in a different way. She has an absolutely captivating voice, one that raises the hairs on the neck and makes you want to listen all night’ (FolkOnMonday)