Category Archives: Concerts

Album Launch Pictures

Thank you to everyone who came along to the album launch! Really enjoyed playing with these lovely people and looking forward to more gigs throughout the year.
With Fiona Rutherford (harp) Lisa Rigby (vocals) Donald Gillan (cello) Rick Bamford (drums) and Lawrie Macmillan (bass)
With Fiona Rutherford (harp) Lisa Rigby (vocals) Donald Gillan (cello) Rick Bamford (drums) and Lawrie Macmillan (bass)

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Lisa Rigby
Singer/songwriter Lisa Rigby
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Spoken word artist Rachel Amey

 

2 for 1 offer for ‘Undercurrents’ Listening Evening!

To celebrate my Pledge Project reaching 95% I am offering 2 for 1 on tickets for the listening evening on 6th February. This will apply to anyone who has already bought a ticket, so you are welcome to bring a friend! Just let me know in advance as there are limited seats.
Vinyl will be available to buy on the night, or if you have already pre-ordered you can pick up your copy! The record won’t be available anywhere else until the 19th February release date.
We will provide drinks and you will also be added to the album launch guest list on 25th February.
Hear the crystal clear audio at Loud & Clear HiFi Edinburgh on the highest quality system followed by a short Q&A with the audience. Doors open at 6.30pm so come early and have a glass of wine with us before the playback begins!
To buy your 2 for 1 ticket, just Pledge on the ‘Undercurrents’ listening evening option, and say your name on the door.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Album Launch Party 25th February

I would be delighted if you would come and help me celebrate the launch of my 5th album Undercurrents on 25th February at The Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh.
I will be performing songs from the new album with band, including harpist Fiona Rutherford and Lawrie Macmillan on bass with sound by Alex Fiennes.
Lisa Rigby will be singing harmonies and will also be performing some of her own excellent songs earlier in the evening. 

Live music will be followed by DJs Woopee playing vinyl; from eclectic into good house music for your dancing pleasure.

Pre-order Undercurrents through Pledge Music to gain free access to the party and an instant download of 2 songs from the album:

Tickets are also available on the door for £6.

Let us know you’re coming and keep up to date through the Facebook Event Page
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UNDERCURRENTS | 8 weeks in…

It is 8 weeks since launching my Pledge project and beginning promotion for Undercurrents. I have been enjoying seeing some reviews coming in and hearing tracks on the radio. I thought I would do a bit of a round up here in case you missed some of my posts on facebook and Twitter.

Lots of tracks have been played on many regional stations throughout the UK and BBC Radio Scotland including, TiompanThe Iain Anderson Show and The Late Show with Cherrie McIlwaine where Undercurrents was album of the week. More on my BBC artist page… Some of these shows are still available to listen to, so if you missed them you can tune in and hear some tracks from the album.

Different Dimensions was Song of the Day on Folk Radio UK and I’m really looking forward to reading their review which is being posted on the site soon. I have taken part in some interviews with Pledge Music, Creative Scotland, and Americana-UK  and there have been some great reviews from Scots Whay Hae, Folk Words, and Sonic Bandwagon with lots more to come! If you want to stay up to date you can follow me on Twitter and facebook.

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Sound quality is very important to me and so I am delighted to say that Undercurrents has been encoded into a brand new streaming format which is being launched by Meridian Audio called MQA: Master Quality Authenticated.

I heard some of the MQA tracks in London last week, and the songs sounded expansive and rich like they did in the studio, with absolutely no loss of quality. Normally it is only the artists and producers that get to hear music in this way but this new format is going to be available for everyone to hear soon!

Really happy to say that Undercurrents will be part of the promotion of MQA as it is being introduced to the industry, alongside some other great music which I am looking forward to discovering.

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And speaking of great sound quality, I received the test pressing from Diverse Vinyl for Undercurrents and am overjoyed at the brilliantly mastered and lovely sounding vinyl!

You can still pre-order the record and CD through my Pledge project which has now reached 83%

You can also hear this lovely vinyl record for the very first time at Loud & Clear HiFi Edinburgh on February 6th 2016 . Hear the crystal clear audio on the highest quality system followed by a short Q&A with the audience. Doors open at 6.30pm so come early and have a glass of wine with us before the playback begins! Tickets are available through my Pledge project and  includes refreshments + free entry to the album launch party  at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on 25th February!

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I think this may have been my longest blog post ever! Still, there is lots going on.  I hope you are all well and I am looking forward very much to sharing this album with you and releasing it on 19th February 2016.

11 weeks to go!

Love and peace,

Amy

Edinburgh Fringe – 16th August

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Excited to be playing in Woodland Creatures on Sunday 16th August as part of a  lovely line up of spoken word, poetry and performance art. It’s going to be a great night I hope you can make it along!

If you’re on facebook you can view the event here

8pm – 9.30pm

Woodland Creatures, 260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Free entry – donations welcomed. 100% of donations go to the artists.

The Variety of Life 24th April

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I am looking forward to playing a few songs (solo, just me and my guitar!) at The Variety of Life on 24th April. It looks like a very exciting line up with  singer Hailey Beavis, magician Kevin McMahon, comedian Pauline Goldsmith, aerialists Blaise Donald and Angie Kirkpatrick, dancers Barocco Tribal, Balkan vocal group Kuchke, and music from Graeme Mearns.

The Variety of Life Online Art Auction runs alongside the live event, featuring work form many of Scotland’s most exciting artists. The auction goes live on April 2nd and if you want to keep up to date with this you can follow the facebook event page.  All proceeds from the event are going to 2 great children’s charities- Hope and Play for the Children of Gaza and Orkidstudio.

The Scotsman Review

The Scotsman Review 16th March 2015

Musician Amy Duncan performed a set at Loud and Clears audio emporium

IT’S not every day that you find a shop converted into a concert venue, but Loud & Clear’s Leith-based audio emporium was doing a good impression of a mini-Usher Hall last week.

Staff spent hours clearing away the many hi-fi units, speakers and winding cables, creating an intimate space to host about 30 guests gathered to hear Scots songstress Amy Duncan.

Accompanied by harpist Fiona Rutherford and Lawrie MacMillan on bass guitar, Duncan worked her way through a terrific set of back-catalogue numbers and new, never-heard-before material.

The gig came a year to the day since a similar event was staged at the Newhaven Road store as part of a week-long series of events organised with Meridian Audio to celebrate the launch of the British firm’s latest loudspeakers.

A key figure present then was Paul Webb, from Meridian, who sadly passed away at the end of October, aged just 38, after being struck down with a virus.

Following the 2014 concert, he had become a big fan of Duncan and her music and the anniversary event paid tribute to Webb, who is survived by his wife Jo and their three daughters.

An understandably anxious Duncan, who admitted to having not played live for about six months while she works on her new album, seemed relieved after song number one: “That’s the first nervy number out of the way,” she confessed to the appreciative audience.

By Scott Reid

Review from Loud & Clear 7th March

Review from FATEA

Amy Duncan Loud & Clear with Lawrie MacMillan 2015-03-07

On the exact anniversary of her gig there last year, Amy Duncan returned to Loud & Clear (‘The Mill’) on 7th March to play a benefit concert. This was a perfect opportunity for Amy to return to live performance after a spell spent recharging her batteries following an arduous tour of the Scottish Highlands and then going into the studio to begin recording what will be her fifth album, “Undercurrents”.

Loud & Clear’s warm ambience and intimate setting proved ideal for this gig, performed for a small invited audience. For this show, Amy was accompanied by two of her talented friends and collaborators, Fiona Rutherford on harp and Lawrie Macmillan on acoustic bass guitar.

The gig’s main focus was to showcase the material from Amy Duncan’s forthcoming new album and she took to the piano for the first two songs of the evening: the lyrical and evocative “My Silver Net”, performed solo, and the gently flowing “All The Love”.

Switching to acoustic guitar, Amy treated us to one of her newest songs, “No Harvest”, and the absorbing ebb and flow of “Undercurrents”, which was one of a number of songs which demonstrated the full range of her vocal talents. Amy Duncan has recently acquired an electric guitar and this added atmosphere to another brand-new song, “To The Shadow”, and a pleasingly grungey edge to the rhythmic urgency of “Ivory Tower” (one of the standout songs from Amy’s last album, the outstanding “Cycles Of Life”).

Two more piano-led songs followed: the graceful and thought-provoking “Lights In Houses” and the breathtakingly beautiful “Running Boy” (another gem from “Cycles Of Life”). The next three guitar-based songs flowed together beautifully and seem likely to be pivotal on the new album. The gentle lilt of “The Truth Never Changes” ushered in the jazzy and Pentangle-esque “Different Dimensions”, which then segued into the reflective and wistful “The Good Life”. The final new song, “Fragile From The Storm”, finished the gig on a suitably life-affirming and optimistic note.

This was another mesmerising and moving performance from Amy Duncan. Sung with a quiet strength and grace, her elegant and eloquent songs touched the heart and the mind. These relatively stripped-back versions of the new songs sounded wonderful and I’m sure that Amy’s flair for bold and imaginative arrangements will ensure that the multi-textured album versions are stunning. I eagerly await the release of “Undercurrents” and I hope that this new album will provide a springboard to even greater recognition and success for Amy Duncan in the future.

David Ferguson

The Variety of Life 24th April

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I am going to be playing a few songs at The Variety of Life at Summerhall on 24th April:

Join us at Summerhall for an exciting fundraising event in aid of two fantastic children’s charities- Hope and Play for the Children of Gaza and Orkidstudio.

The Variety of Life will be an MC-led evening of entertainment featuring music, comedy, aerial acrobatics, performance, magic and more.

Confirmed acts include Amy Duncan, magician Kevin McMahon, Balkan singers Kuchke, aerialist Blaise Donald and Angela Kirkpatrick. There will be an acoustic set from Graeme Mearns. More acts to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

On the night we will also have an art auction with work from Scotland’s leading artists and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

For more information on these charities please visit the websites. – www.hopeandplay.org  www.orkidstudio.co.uk

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