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It’s always a delicious surprise when an artist become famous for one thing but then absolutely blows all expectations away by producing something completely different. Teesside ukulele maestro Amelia Coburn has blossomed into a fully fledged folk star; BBC Radio 2 think so too, as they tipped her as one of their Young Folk Award nominees, and she’s performed “show-stealing” gigs across the UK.

Her EP of brand new material, The Ebb And The Flow, is released this month, and sees the beguiling songwriter muse on themes of ageing, family and mortality amid forceful strummed acoustic guitar, meandering piano and her transporting voice. Amelia’s songwriting comes into its own on the four tracks as she spins yarns peppered with beautiful imagery. The heart-wrenching Please Go Gently was written during her grandfather’s period of failing health and subsequent death; despite the subject matter it remains a beautiful paean to a loved one rather than a mawkish tribute, thanks to a baritone ukulele and lush piano lines courtesy of Harriet JM Bradshaw, who also performs sublime cello interludes on Sandra, which tells a true story of an elderly lady Amelia lived with in Paris who had revenge on her abusive husband by cremating him against his dying wishes. Elsewhere, Oh Captain! Guide Me Home is a toe-tapping shanty and tribute to those who help you navigate life’s journey.

Amelia will showcase the EP at Eaglescliffe’s The Waiting Room on Sunday 3rd April.

Amelia Coburn releases The Ebb And The Flow on 1st April via Shoebox Records. She performs at The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe on Sunday 3rd and The Link at Stockton Calling on Saturday 16th April.


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