Amy & The Calamities is the brainchild of Amy Wawn, a musician and singer-songwriter from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Inspired by sounds of Son house and Howlin’ Wolf, and influenced by artists like the White Stripes, Eddie Vedder and Ray Lamontagne, Amy’s style ranges from lively foot-stomping folk rhythms to the dirty-delicious sounds of delta blues on the slide guitar. This is accompanied by a dark, brooding vocal range, lilting melodies and thoughtful lyrics.
The ‘Calamities’ was coined after Amy’s first open mic night in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. It’s about the unplanned mistakes that make art unexpectedly great.
Amy studied piano from a young age and began learning guitar and violin in her teens. She was accepted into the University of Cape Town for a degree in Piano for Musical Performance and Composition but instead took a break from classical training and studied a BA in languages. She played her first open Mic at The Obviously Armchair in the quirky and vibrant student suburb of Observatory in Cape Town in 2014. Before moving to London, Amy performed at several major festivals and events around Zimbabwe both as a solo act and in a trio consisting of percussionist Nigel Mzingaye (Mzie) and electric guitarist Jonathan Wise.
Amy is now based in Camden Town, London. In 2018 she was invited to play on The Den Stage at The Cambridge Folk Festival which headlined artists Patti Smith and First Aid Kit. She released her debut EP The Suspects in February 2018 in collaboration with exquisitely talented violinist Georgina Leach who was recently nominated as ‘Instrumentalist Of The Year 2018’ by the Americana Music Association. The album features six of her signature tracks and has been met with some great reviews. Indie Band Guru recently described it as an EP that ‘perfectly showcases a musician who has a lot to offer. With an impressive range of sound, a lyrical depth and sublime vocals, all the right boxes are ticked.’ The Suspects is available on most online stores and streaming sites.
You can also catch her regular live performances at one of London’s more intimate live music venues, the much loved and eclectic little gem that is Spiritual Bar near Chalk Farm station in Camden Town.