She has an absolutely captivating voice, one of those that raises the hairs on the back of the neck and makes you want to listen all night’
- Tony Birch
Amy Hollinrake is a London-based contemporary folk singer-songwriter. Inspired by feminist thought and folklore, her music weaves new ideas with old to present original and traditional material to modern audiences. Winner of the Bert Jansch Award 2018, Amy has been described as ‘a mixture of Allysen Callery and Joan Baez, rich yet languid... a mixture of traditional and modern folk sensibilities’ (Simon Lewis, Terrascope Magazine).
Through genre-traversing layering of folk instrumentation, jazz harmonies, and experimental approaches, infused with vivid narratives and dreamy vocals, her music combines songwriting and storytelling that has expressive focus and emotional depth.
Amy is MMus Popular Music graduate from Goldsmiths University, London where she specialised in vocal studies under Brigitte Beraha, and was also awarded the 2019 Jonathan Davis Memorial Trust grant. Further, 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.
In 2016 Amy released an EP with Backwater Records ‘Fade into This’, which received positive reviews in R2 and Grapevine Magazine, radio cover and feature interviews with BBC Radio Kent. In 2019 she wrote, recorded and self-released an EP ‘From My Mother’s Mouth’. This latest release received positive reception and confirmed future live collaborations with Folkroom Records, Kings Place, radio plays with BBC Introducing and distinguished Amy as a contemporary folk singer that:
‘... likes to explore the role of women in some of these songs, but her interpretation makes you consider the words in a different way' (Folk on Monday).
Amy also performs in more experimental contexts, most recently performing at Kings Place, London commissioned by Poet in the City to create new work around Emily Dickinson’s poems, fusing experimental practices, folk and nature. She was also a performer in Okwui Okpokwasili immersive installation piece ‘Sitting on a Man’s Head’ for a ten-day residency at the Tate Modern 2020.
Amy also writes about issues of representation of women in Appalachian folk music, and feminist approaches to their interpretation which are currently pending publication (presented in a conference paper for Locating Women in the Folk at Sussex University). She is also the founder of recent collective ‘Washer Women’, an intersectional feminist folk collective exploring traditional balladry, by giving new voices to old stories through contemporary perspectives, to create new work, transform the tradition and archive the feminist.