Amy Birks to release debut solo album ahead of UK tour

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Amy Birks will release her debut solo album All That I Am & All The I Was ahead of a UK tour including a gig at The Met in Bury.

The show at The Met in Bury comes as special guest of That Joe Payne.

The Prog Mag Best Female Vocalist 2018 winner self-produced the album which includes guest appearances from the likes of Steve Hackett, John Hackett and Caroline Lavelle.

The second single from the album, I Wish (released in January), featured 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 single was accompanied by a video featuring Amy and a Flamenco guitarist, each represented in origami stop motion, created by Susan Raybould.

Speaking about recording the track and its lyrical undercurrents, Amy Birks commented, “I feel very honoured to have worked with Steve Hackett and 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. …[recording the album] 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.”

All That I Am & All The I Was is due for release on 3 April 2020.

In support of the album Amy Birks heads out on a string of UK shows across March, April, May and June including The Met Bury.

When does Amy Birks perform at The Met Bury?

Amy Birds supports That Joe Payne at The Met, Bury, on 23 May 2020.  The show is one of eight UK dates she is performing:
7 March   –   Tring, The Court Theatre (supporting That Joe Payne)
5 April   –   London, The Troubadour (headline show)
17 April   –   Penzance, The Acorn (supporting The John Hackett Band)
18 April   –   Tavistock, The Wharf (supporting The John Hackett Band)
25 April   –   Southampton, Hanger Farm Arts Centre (supporting That Joe Payne)
23 May   –   Bury, The Met (supporting That Joe Payne)
30 May   –   Glasgow, CCA (supporting That Joe Payne)
20 June   –   Birmingham, Crescent Theatre (supporting That Joe Payne)

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