Keith’s musician Amy Papiransky taps into the mind of Rabbie Burns

MUSICIAN Amy Papiransky turned to Rabbie Burns for inspiration for a topical release.

Amy Papiranski

The former BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Tear finalist released “As I was a wand’ring” for Burns Night.

To celebrate the release – and the great bard’s birthday – Amy will perform the song for Eddi Reader’s Big Burns Supper alongside a stellar line-up including Eddi Reader, KT Tunstall, Skerryvore, Tide Lines, Dervish and more. others. The free online festival takes place tonight from 7 p.m. and can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/BigBurnsSupper/.

Amy sang a lot of Robert Burns songs when she was little.

She said: “My music teacher and primary school hero, Mrs Joyce Dawson, would enter me into the Robert Burns singing competitions every year – Ae Fond Kiss would be my favorite song.

“One evening last November, I heard the beautiful voice of Scottish singer Emily Smith performing As I Was A Wand’ring. I listened to the lyrics and fell in love with the song.

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“So I sat down at my piano and decided to put Burns’ lyrics to my own music. I found a chord progression and a melody, and recorded them in the studio, with the talented Lyle Watt accompanying me on guitar.

In 2021, Amy released the single “Dear Amy” which gained support from BBC Radio Scotland, Soho Radio, Amazing Radio and Vevo, and peaked at number 19 on the UK iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.

Amy wrote the song after falling in love with a tune she heard.
Amy wrote the song after falling in love with a tune she heard.

This was followed by the single ‘Summertime Blues’ – chosen by Afternoon Show host Janice Forsyth as BBC Radio Scotland’s single of the week. The song also received support from BBC Introducing, Soho Radio, Amazing Radio and Vevo.

After playing a string of solo and opening shows for KT Tunstall and Blue Rose Code in Scotland last year, Amy is looking forward to more live dates for 2022, including performances at HebCelt.

A music teacher by trade, she has been writing and recording her own material for eight years while living in Glasgow.

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“A bit of Dolly and a bit of Carole King with the piano, and a real connection to good country writing on her great Scottish accent” is how award-winning BRIT singer/songwriter and Ivor Novello KT Tunstall put it described.

Amy’s debut album Read Me Write was released in September 2019.

A young woman with a lot to say, Amy has carefully curated a collection of sweet and uplifting new pop songs and effortless ballads that tell stories of love, loss, grief and strength and she can’t wait to share them with the world.


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