Ms Amy Birks recently announced her forthcoming self-produced debut solo album All That I Am & All That I Was which is to be released on April 3rd. The ethereal vocals of Amy Birks features tones not dissimilar to Kate Bush or Tori Amos, so definitely worth checking her out. The second track for radio from the album is Jamaica Inn – Watch the video here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_ji_1Sm2vE
Amy was the winner of “Best Female Vocalist” in the 2018 PROG Magazine poll and former lyricist, co-composer and lead vocalist of the 2017 Prog magazine Limelight Award winners Beatrix Players.
All That I Am and All That I Was contains the singles Jamaica Inn and I Wish and features guest appearances from a raft of luminaries including Steve Hackett, John Hackett and Caroline Lavelle is available in two physical formats.
Amy says: “’I have been influenced by many strong female writers in both music and literature. Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell, Joan Armatrading, Tori Amos, Eddi Reader and of course, the Bronte sisters and Daphne du Maurier, whom inspired me to write ‘Jamaica Inn’.
For Amy ” this has been a really personal and full-on experience that has pushed me further, emotionally, technically and lyrically than I ever thought possible, which has enabled me to become the writer that I have been wanting to be.”
Pre-orders of special, limited edition All That I Am & All That I Was and vinyl formats are available now via The Merch Desk https://themerchdesk.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=88_296
Formats are: Limited edition CD package in a six panel 7″ gatefold sleeve accompanied by twelve page photo book available to mail order customers and from the merch stand at shows from 5th April while stocks last.
Vinyl album in 12″ gatefold sleeve. Initial copies of both formats ordered from The Merch Desk will be signed by Amy. The album will also be available via all the usual download and streaming services.
The 2020 tour dates include a string of trio and quartet shows opening for That Joe Payne and the John Hackett Band and a rescheduled full band date in London celebrating the release of the album All That I Am & All That I Was. More dates featuring songs from both her debut album and Beatrix Players’ “Magnified” are to be announced in due course including an appearance at a major festival for fans of progressive music.
UK Tour Dates
Sat 7th March 2020 The Court Theatre, Tring (special guest of That Joe Payne)
Sun 5rd April 2020 The Troubadour, London (Headline full band show)
Fri 17th April 2020 The Acorn, Penzance (special guest of the John Hackett Band)
Sat 18th April 2020 The Wharf, Tavistock Penzance (special guest of the John Hackett Band)
Sat 25th April 2020 Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Southampton (special guest of That Joe Payne)
Sat 23rd May 2020 The Met, Bury (special guest of That Joe Payne)
Sat 30th May 2020 CCA, Glasgow (special guest of That Joe Payne)
Sat 20th June 2020 Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (special guest of That Joe Payne)
Fri 20th Nov 2020 Artrix, Bromsgrove (special guest of the John Hackett Band)
Since Beatrix Players’ final run of shows opening for Carl Palmer, Steve Harley and Big Big Train in 2017 – 2018 Amy has been recording her debut solo album and playing impromptu solo sets with the likes of Tim Bowness and That Joe Payne. Amy’s debut solo single “Jamaica Inn” was released on November 15th with a memorable video shot on location in Bodmin Moor.
Jamaica Inn https://youtu.be/g_ji_1Sm2vE
I Wish https://youtu.be/pf4F9jQVz_E