Amy & The Calamities is the creation of solo artist Amy Wawn, a musician and singer-songwriter from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. As a solo performer, Amy’s style ranges from lively foot-stomping folk rhythms to the dirty-delicious sounds of delta blues on the slide guitar, accompanied by a dark, brooding vocal range, lilting melodies and thoughtful lyrics.
The ‘Calamities’ is a title that grew organically over time. It was originally coined one evening after an open mic in Cape Town, South Africa and stems from the various comedic mishaps on stage, the odd coincidences and the regular antics of jovial friends and fans. It hints at spontaneity – an essential element in the creation of art. You cannot plan those moments, the mistakes, or practice them, but rather you can become the kind of person who, without intending it, is a source of happy accidents.
Amy studied piano from a young age and began learning guitar and violin in her teens. After being accepted to the University of Cape Town for a music degree, she decided to take a break from classical training and instead studied a degree in languages and translation whilst focusing more on the guitar and songwriting. She began performing in her hometown of Bulawayo after a brief stint of travelling on her own and working her way around Europe in 2014. Over the last three years, Amy has 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 living and performing full time as a solo artist in Camden Town, London. She released her debut EP The Suspects in February 2018 in collaboration with exquisitely talented violinist, Georgina Leach. 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.