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Multi award winning Scottish singer Emily Smith and New Zealand born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan have been making music together for fifteen years.
Having spent much of 2016 off the road (with Emily on maternity leave) the couple took time to focus on writing new material. In April 2018 they are touring throughout England to preview songs from their new album ahead of its release later in 2018. The tour showcases a new sound for the duo drawing on influences from the folk tradition, Americana and beyond.
Meeting in 2002 when McClennan moved from NZ to Scotland, fiddle player Jamie soon became an integral part of Emily’s sound, taking on the role of lead guitar and backing vocals and producing several of her albums. They have performed throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Russia and North America.
Alongside their solo careers they have performed with many musical greats including Richard Thompson, Barbara Dickson, Jerry Douglas and Mary Chapin Carpenter. TV and Radio appearances include Transatlantic Sessions, BBC Songs of Praise, BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday, Bob Harris Show & The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. Emily’s original song ‘Find Hope’ was also chosen as part of Radio 2’s official playlist in December 2016.
With rich vocal harmonies, accordion, fiddle and sublime guitar backing they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK folk scene today.
TOUR DATES APRIL 2018:
12th – Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre, Barnoldswick
13th – Artrix, Bromsgrove
14th – Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne
15th – Salem Chapel, East Budleigh
- 17th – Cambridge Junction, Cambridge / www.junction.co.uk
19th – Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Ludlow
20th – The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
21st – The Peak Concerts @ Imperial Rooms, Matlock
27th – Buttington & Trewern Community Centre, Trewern