Amanda Boyd

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Folk

Location: South West


Amanda is a singer who works with narrative folk songs; in particular the folk song collections of Cecil Sharp, The Hammond Brothers and Alfred Williams. Collections of songs from Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and Appalachia early 20th century. She’s created a niche for herself in the West Country over the past eleven years. She is known for arranging and performing folk songs with archive films in collaboration with the charity Windrose Rural Media Trust. She’s developed her interest in Appalachia over the past six years and worked with musicians Dan Landrum and Aaron O’Rourke from Tennessee, during their visit to Somerset in 2018. She collaborates with the charity Alzheimer's Support Wiltshire, by delivering interactive sessions of song with archive films for their memory café service users. She finds the community outreach element to her work very rewarding.
The funding enables me to participate in an intensive online mountain dulcimer course with Stephen Seifert, renowned mountain dulcimer musician from Tennessee, USA. Having first heard the mountain dulcimer played by Bristol musician John Shaw ten years ago, my love for this instrument has grown. The course will enable to me to develop skills in playing and a chance to be involved in the world wide dulcimer community.