Amy Birks releases Jamaica Inn

Amy Birks releases Jamaica Inn

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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.

Pre Orders

https://themerchdesk.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=88_296

Jamaica Inn https://youtu.be/g_ji_1Sm2vE

I Wish https://youtu.be/pf4F9jQVz_E

Amy Birks Announces Debut solo album and releases single

Amy Birks Announces Debut solo album and releases single

Sleeve Amy Birks AllThatIAmMs Amy Birks, is thrilled to announce her forthcoming self-produced debut solo album All That I Am & All That I Was which is to be released on April 3rd.  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, the album which 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.

The second single to be taken from the album, I Wish features Steve Hackett on acoustic guitar and a lyric based on the words of Christina Rossetti – poet, activist and the subject of some of the most famous paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.  The digital-only single is available now for streaming and download and also as an instant gratification track for fans making digital pre-orders of the album via iTunes. 

I Wish is accompanied by a video featuring Amy and a mysterious Flamenco guitarist each represented in stunning origami stop motion piece, created by Susan Raybould (Origami Om) and pushed the boundaries of traditional origami design.. watch it here: https://youtu.be/pf4F9jQVz_E

Amy produced most of her solo debut herself although the single was produced by Nick Wollage who is famed for his engineering on the soundtracks to  dozens of major motion pictures including “Atonement”.  He also worked on Tony Banks’ “Seven (A Suite For Orchestra)”.

Birks recalls the process of recording the track and reflects on its unsettling lyrical undercurrents – “I feel very honoured to have worked with Steve Hackett  & Nick Wollage. I wrote this song during a trip to Colombia where I was influenced by the classical guitar and percussive sounds of Bambuco. When I bumped into Steve at the Prog Awards, I asked him to play and he very kindly obliged. The Rossetti poem works perfectly as this is a dark lyric about the fragility of the mind and how the past can so very easily come back to tease and torment.”

 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.  

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.

 

 

Pre Orders

https://themerchdesk.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=88_296

 

I Wish https://youtu.be/pf4F9jQVz_E

 

Jamaica Inn https://youtu.be/g_ji_1Sm2vE