Sunflower Thieves

Review – Hold the Storm, Sunflower Thieves
“Hold the Storm’ is the long-awaited and much-anticipated debut EP of Derbyshire/Nottingham/Leeds based duo Sunflower Thieves, and it is certainly worth the wait…
Comprising four heart-felt, self-penned tracks, ‘Hold the Storm’ is guaranteed to lift your heart and bring a smile to your lips .
The four tracks are entitled Oh Wait, Breathe (for Ed), Spark and Time to Choose and it is impossible to single one out as stronger than the others. They are each engaging, quirkily catchy songs in their own ways , despite covering a range of emotional , sometimes heart-breaking subject matter in the beautifully crafted lyrics.
Lily Sturt-Bolshaw and Amy Illingworth are the talented multi-instrumentalist duo who have written and perform all the songs. They both play piano and acoustic guitar and sing. Their harmonies and individual voices are to the fore in the production but are complemented by skilfully layered synth textures, mellifluous electric guitar and unique ebow fretless bass. Add to this their ethereal vocals and trumpet and flute arrangements….just gorgeous!
The future certainly looks bright for Sunflower Thieves, and ours looks and sounds brighter with their music in it !”

Sunflower Thieves are a multi-instrumental singer-songwriting duo from the heart of England, who blend fresh, spine-tingling harmonies with thoughtful, captivating lyrics. Originally influenced by the likes of Bear’s Den, First Aid Kit and The Staves, they have emerged with their own unique sound.

Amy Illingworth and Lily Sturt-Bolshaw have been friends since nursery school and both grew up in musical families, sang in local choirs together and learned to play the piano. Amy also learned to play the flute, and Lily the trumpet. They were then inspired to teach themselves how to play guitar and ukulele. In 2015, a degree in Music Production took Lily to Leeds College of Music, whilst Amy completed a Songwriting and Performance course at Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham. Despite living in different cities for the past two years, they have continued to write, perform and record together and have just released a beautifully produced debut EP entitled ‘Hold the Storm’ which consists of four gorgeous original tracks performed by themselves on vocals, piano, acoustic guitars, trumpet and flute, George Melton on electric guitar, Mark Rice on drums and Dave Sturt on bass . By writing songs about their emotions and personal lives, collaborating on the musical arrangements and continuing to gig together, including an appearance on the Healing Fields stage at Glastonbury Festival last year, the two continue to bring out the best in each other.

Their first official Youtube video has recently been released, beautifully filmed by local Derbyshire-based film-maker James Reader of Front Row Films. The video for the song ‘Spark’ involves friends and family who have supported them over the years, and shows beautiful shots of their hometown of Belper.

To coincide with the release of ‘Hold the Storm’, the duo will be joined by two fantastic musicians for some of their gigs on a short UK tour. Tom Girling of Silver Wilson will be on drums, and Jamie Clarke will play bass. However, smaller, more intimate venues will feature the original duo.

To buy physical copies of “Hold the Storm’ go to It can also be downloaded from iTunes.

The EP is available to add to your playlist on Spotify and can be listened to for free on Soundcloud

Details of forthcoming tour dates can be found here

The video for ‘Spark’ can be watched here

The future certainly looks bright for Sunflower Thieves, and ours looks and sounds brighter with their music in it !