Brand new accordion and percussion duo from Newcastle, Amy Thatcher and Francesca Knowles defy the preconceptions of what their instruments can do, breaking with tradition while tactfully adopting it as a foundation for playful experimentation. Their live show is one of both raucous energy and sympathetic intensity, incorporating drums, synths, keys and vocals into an unapologetic brew of colourful and creative composition. Their debut album Emergency Of The Female Kind showcases a spectrum of humanity rarely captured in just 46 minutes and the pair’s undaunted attitude to kicking off a genre revolution.
Amy Thatcher is an accordionist based in the North-East of England. Her 20 plus years’ experience as a performer and composer in folk and traditional music has taken her to stages across the UK and beyond with the likes of Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening, The Shee, Monster Ceilidh Band, We Are The Monsters, Sting and Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Francesca Knowles is a musician from the North-East of England, specialising in drums, percussion and keys. She’s toured all around the globe with international drumming street theatre show Spark!, and gigs and records with numerous Newcastle Based projects including Ruth Lyon, Ceitidh Mac and Poor Moi.
The album launch concert will be at Cobalt Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne on March 9th 2023 with The Rheingans Sisters.
Artists’ websites: https://amythatcher.co.uk/ / https://thef-listmusic.uk/listing/francesca-knowles/
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