Amy Hollinrake-Tune 2018

Amy, an MMus student at Goldsmiths, won her award, for a contribution to attendance at the Halsway Manor Musicians Retreat (she was also the recipient of the Yamaha voucher)

I would like to say that  I have now used the Yamaha voucher and thanks again for sorting this out for me and thanks to the Foundation for my award!

This has helped me to realise part of my project consisting of collecting songs that explore female voices in Appalachian folk, through the way women are presented and preserved in traditional balladry. I will be attending the well-regarded Halsway Manor. This is the National centre for Folk Arts, nestling in the Quantock Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It hosts courses, events and projects within this unique and magical setting.

I will be attending a performance workshop for folk musicians and vocalists, one dedicated to singing traditional Appalachian ballads, and another to playing the Appalachian dulcimer. The programmes feature esteemed musicians in this field from the US who lead a variety of workshops as part of a week’s intensive residential project concluding with a concert. The nature of this project allows me to learn from not only exceptional tutors, but to learn this material orally in a traditional format, perform in a variety of contexts, and explore the historical context around the music too. Overall this is enriching for my creative practice, in that as while still indebted to the music’s roots, my aim is to weave new ideas with old, and to challenge the way the tradition can be performed and interpreted. Inspired by feminist thought and folklore, I hope to form an expanding archive of new and old voices through this experience.

My bio
Amy Hollinrake is a London-based musician and performer specialising in American folktraditions. Her recent performances and writings have dealt with representations of women in Appalachian folk music and feminist approaches to their interpretation. Amy is not only an accomplished vocalist but also performs on the Appalachian Dulcimer and is seeking to travel to the Southern Appalachian region to further her learning for a future PhD. In 2016, she recorded her début EP with Backwater records which has since received successful reviews and she will be recording a second in 2018/19. Finally, Amy is currently studying for a Masters in performance and popular music at Goldsmiths University.

On Wednesday 5th September 2018, Amy showcased her new material which interweaves jazz and Appalachian folk traditions at The Albany, as part of her Masters’ final degree show at Goldsmiths University.

‘It is the voice of Amy Hollinrake that really catches the attention… drifts like silk across the room, a mixture of Allysen Callery and Joan Baez, rich yet languid… a mixture of traditional and modern folk sensibilities’

Simon Lewis, Terrascope Magazine

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