Amy will pull on your heart strings in her first Selkirk headline gig

Selkirk’s String Jam Club is well known for attracting talented musicians and its February offering is no different.

By Kevin Janiak
Friday, 24th January 2020, 12:10 pm
Amy Duncan appears at the String Jam Club at the County Hotel in Selkirk on February 8.
Amy Duncan appears at the String Jam Club at the County Hotel in Selkirk on February 8.

Amy Duncan is a compelling performer of original, rich and heartfelt folk-pop, whose distinctive music is an antidote for whatever may vex your soul.​

Based in Edinburgh, Amy writes emotive songs, combining intimate vocals, guitar, electric upright bass, synths, and piano.

Highly praised and widely reviewed for her back catalogue of six albums, she has been credited with creating a unique, introspective, contemplative, acoustic sound with touches of jazz and of classical minimalism.

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    You can expect skilful and tasteful use of the instruments and vocal loops to provide multi-layered textured arrangements for her affecting lyrics and haunting songs.

    Amy’s debut album ‘Pilgrimage’ was released on US label Plain Recordings in 2006 after they discovered her home recordings on MySpace. She self-released a further two albums, achieving TV placements on Lip Service on BBC Three 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 her fourth album ‘Cycles of Life’ being released on Linn Records in 2013.

    As a result, she was chosen by Showcase Scotland as one of two Scottish acts to perform at the Eastern Canadian Music Alliance in 2014 and was part of the Made In Scotland Showcase at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and 2014.

    Amy Duncan appears at the String Jam Club at the County Hotel in Selkirk on February 8.

    Amy went on to record a further two albums with Calum, including ‘Undercurrents’ in 2016 which was released to great praise and was featured in Folk Radio UK’s Top Ten Albums of the year.

    The album triggered major positive reviews in the mainstream media including The Scotsman, which described her music as “a crystalline sound world, with confidently poised delivery and bittersweet delicacy.”

    The follow-up release ‘Antidote’ 2017 received four-star reviews in both Maverick and R2 Magazine, as well as receiving widespread airplay.

    Amy is currently working with an animator on a series of music videos inspired by her abstract photography, to be released gradually throughout the year, culminating in an album release in summer 2020.

    The club’s Allie Fox said: “String Jam Club is greatly looking forward to Amy’s first headline appearance at the Borders haven of acoustic music.

    “Her vocals have been described as heavenly and her live performances brim with instrumental virtuosity and originality.

    “As one reviewer put it, ‘Amy Duncan’s music makes the world a better place’ and we can promise a concert that will be a delight from start to finish.

    “If you are looking for a captivating and absorbing evening of rich, delicate and poised music, then come on down to String Jam Club on February 8.”

    String Jam Club is located in the County Hotel in Selkirk, and doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

    Tickets, £12 from Eventbrite (booking fees apply) or phone String Jam Club on 07930 872033.

    Tickets can also be bought from the County Hotel, or on the door on the night (subject to availability).