Sunday, 10 October 2010

Emily Barker - new single 'Little Deaths'

Our friend Emily Barker has a new single 'Little Deaths' about to be released; it's a taster for her new album Almanac

Shows coming up:
Sun 10th Oct - Liverpool, Leaf Tea Shop
Mon 11th Oct - Bristol, Music Club
Wed 13th Oct - Leicester, Donkey Bar
Thu 14th Oct - London, Exmouth Market Church Hall
Fri 15th Oct - Nailsworth, Ruskin Mill
Wed 20th Oct - Petersfied, St. Peter's Church (Duo with Gill)

The first track to emerge from the new studio album Almanac (out 2011) from award winning Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo is about fallen dreams and thwarted plans as well as a wish to lead a life filled with inspiration and creativity. A video directed by Poppy Jackson and filmed and edited by Patti Gaal-Holmes will accompany the release.

The band is currently recording at Cafe Studios in Bow, East London and for it, recently completed a session on the massive pipe organ in the Royal Festival Hall. Produced by Emily Barker and Ted Barnes, with contributions from drummer Nat Butler and bassist Ali Friend, fans can expect a raft of sublime acoustic vocal music, drawing you in to a world that celebrates the sheer pleasure of song writing and ensemble playing. Emily Barker (acoustic and electric guitar, lead vocals), Jo Silverston (cello, saw), Anna Jenkins (violin) and Gill Sandell (accordion, flute, piano, pipe organ) draw on English-folk roots and 70's singer/songwriter influences (Neil Young and Carol King) to create vintage alternative pop.

Emily Barker hails from a tiny rural backwater in the remote south west of Western Australia. At 19, she donned a backpack and headed out to travel the world. In 2002 she found herself in Cambridge where she met local guitar extraordinaire Rob Jackson (Boo Hewerdine/Broken Family Band/Eddie Reader.) and formed a band called The-Low-Country. (Albums - Welcome To The-Low-Country… and The Dark Road, both bastioned by the late John Peel)

In October 2005, Emily won both Country song of the year and Regional song of the year at the prestigious Annual West Australian Music Song writing Awards. Her debut solo album, Photos. Fires. Fables, received much acclaim in 2007..

'sharply observed, original songs …adventurously embellished by gypsy flourishes and haunting desert echoes that’d be at home on a Calexico album’ Uncut

Then came the birth of The Red Clay Halo, an all-female trio consisting of Anna Jenkins, Jo Silverston and Gill Sandell who play violin, cello, accordion and flute respectively and with Emily, create mesmerising 4-part harmonies. 'Despite The Snow', was recorded over a snowy Easter weekend of 2008, live, in a 16th century barn in Norfolk in 4 days. Out in November 2008, the album gained much praise…

“Stripped free of studio frippery and all the better for its carefree simplicity” **** Q
"The hills have yet to be emptied of gold if you know where to look.” The Times

It's opening track ‘Nostalgia’ was used as theme tune for Wallander, a BBC1 drama starring Kenneth Branagh. The first series attracted over 6 million viewers per episode, and won a slew of awards including a Bafta and a Royal Television Award for Emily's song.

In 2010 Emily launched a campaign on to raise funds to promote forthcoming releases. The Pledge reached 114% of its target within 5 weeks and continues to attract new fans to the band’s music. The album Almanac will be released early in 2011.

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