Allie K Stewart launched her ‘Songstress’ EP early 2016 at a sell-out gig in London with songs she’s performed in Australia and the UK. Allie is currently writing, performing and hosting intimate sessions in London with other visual and performing artists, and is focused on recording a live studio EP in 2017.
Born to Scottish parents, Allie is a first generation Australian based in London. Her rich heritage, the landscapes of her childhood, and the elemental forces of her native land are distilled in her songs – steeped in the soul of the Celtic blues and as raw as the earth.
Allie K Stewart has an alternative sound she coins ‘Indie grit-balladry’ with a dose of blues, rock and folk-punk. A songstress of the intimate and rousing Allie is billed as “a soulful and powerful voice” (Uncivilisation Festival, 2011). Her emotive songs have raw edge and observational power and are delivered in a style that is both fragile and defiant.
In ‘Songstress’ she gives a flavour of her diverse music range in the blues tinged, dream-like reflection on loss, ‘Desert Flower’. She observes the mood and grim realities of global conflict in ‘Breathe’, reveals fragility in the intimate entreaty ‘Evelyn’, and acts as a witness with a call to rise in the Gipsy-folk inspired ‘Revolution’.
Allie has been described as “compelled to make music for the broken and the brave as a way to understand, to be understood, and to connect with people”.
Her influences and inspirations include old blues and Jazz to raw early garage rock like Midnight Oil and AC/DC to the Avante Garde of INXS (before mainstream fame), Violent Femmes, and the observational storytelling and soulfulness of Cat Stevens and Ben Harper, the emotional range of Carole King and torch singers. She resonates with the dispossession of grunge and the eclectic influences of gipsy, folk, the lo-fi and ambient, Zero 7 and Goldfrapp, and dance music. And is inspired by the delicately dark, playful and evocative, the Cure. And the gutsy, wrench, of Janis Joplin and Patti Smith’s style and Bjork’s fierce, immense and heartful songs, amongst a few, everything is distilled.