English singer/songwriter Amy Hollinrake first drew praise in 2016 for her debut EP 'Fade into This' with Blackwater Records, which drew comparisons to Mazzy Star and Sandy Denny. With a mostly acoustic sound writing and performing on her Mountain Dulcimer, she fuses jazz inflected rhythms, and finds subtle synergies with washing synth textures and a love of 1960s psych- folk. Her contemporary folk style mixes traditional melodies with new ideas and sounds.
Based in South-East London she combines influences close to home and further afield. Her songwriting, described as both cryptic and emotionally direct, touches on female experience in old stories while telling new ones, giving insight into then and now.
Winner of the Bert Jansch award 2018 and the current Cecil Sharp House professional folk artist 2021, Amy has been getting known in the London scene straddling the folk, pop and jazz circuits.
Amy has trained in London to postgraduate level with some of the UK’s leading jazz, folk and commercial vocalists, performing at prestigious venues such as Kings Place, Vortex Jazz Club and Cecil Sharp’s House. She is a MMus Popular Music graduate from Goldsmiths University, London where she specialised in vocal studies under Brigitte Beraha. She was awarded her undergraduate degree from City University, London, with performance tuition from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she specialised in Jazz vocals under Lee Gibson.
Amy’s portfolio career also includes teaching, performing, research, and songwriting/arranging, in popular, jazz and folk disciplines. You can find more about her teaching here. She also works as a session vocalist and links to her voicereel can be found here. As a published researcher, Amy writes about female representation in folk songs, and is developing a feminist catalogue of folk songs, for both performers and academics.