Quietly, but with a clinical efficiency, Amy MacDonald has been building a reputation as one of the UK's finest singer-songwriters and one of Scotland's best exports in recent years. The story goes that when she submitted a demo tape in response to an advertisement in the NME, the recipient, songwriter and producer Pete Wilkinson, could barely believe that the young Scot had penned such mature, accomplished music.
After seven or eight months recording with Wilkinson, MacDonald's debut album, This Is the Life, was ready for release. Up until this point, her story is interesting if unremarkable. The album was issued in July 2007 and Amy MacDonald's life changed forever. The record would eventually sell three million copies, turning double-platinum in the UK and, in the titular lead single, deliver three minutes of catchy folk pop that is still heard regularly all over the world.
The track hit No 1 all over Europe, despite a bewilderingly modest showing in the UK (No 28), although it did better in the US. The song, one of those early demos that wooed Pete Wilkinson, is typical of MacDonald's output; bright, breezy, skilful and endlessly hummable. Her third album, Life in a Beautiful Light, was released last month and went into the UK charts at No 2.
The tour dates announced so far begin with a show at the Lowry in Salford on 27th October, followed by gigs in Cardiff, Glasgow and Nottingham, before a London show at the Royal Festival Hall on 6th November. More dates are set to be announced shortly.
We will have tickets available from 9am on Friday 27th July, prices starting at £22.50/£25 for most dates and £32.50 for London. Be sure to check back for updates ahead of the on-sale date.