Genre: Americana, Folk, Country, Singer-Songwriter
Bands: Applewood Road, Vena Portae, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo.
Location: Stroud, Gloucestershire. UK
Discography: Welcome To the-low-country (2003), The Dark Road (2004), Photos.Fires.Fables. (2006), Despite the Snow (2008), Almanac (2011), Dear River (2013), Vena Portae (2014), The Toerag Sessions (2015) Applewood Road (2016)
Record Label: Everyone Sang / Linn Records
Our next LCM featured multi-award winning singer-songwriter is often described as one of Australia's finest exports. She is also one of our favourites. This Western Australian native from Bridgetown, has now made her home in the UK. Emily travelled to the UK in 2002 and was first based in Cambridge where she collaborated with guitarist Rob Jackson. They formed a band called 'the-low-country' which released two albums, Welcome to the-low-country (2003) and The Dark Road (2004), tracks from which enjoyed plays on John Peel's BBC radio show.. In October 2005 Emily won Country Song of the Year and Regional Song of the Year awards at the annual West Australian Music Songwriting Awards. Also in 2005, Emily started work on her debut solo album, 'Photos.Fires.Fables'., released on Emily's own label Everyone Sang. The release of this album saw the birth of The Red Clay Halo, an all-female trio of Anna Jenkins (violin, viola), Jo Silverston (cello, bass, banjo, saw) and Gill Sandell (accordion, piano, flute, guitar).Emily released three full albums with The Red Clay Halo: 'Despite the Snow' (2008), 'Almanac' (2011) and 'Dear River' (2013).
Emily is also the songwriter and performer of the theme to BBC TV’s 'Wallander' starring Kenneth Branagh. Her music is a blend of roots influences from country to English folk via 60s pop. Alongside the Wallander theme, Emily has also provided the theme music to BBC TV drama 'The Shadow Line' (which won an Ivor Novello for best TV soundtrack for series composer Martin Phipps) and has recently (in collaboration again with Martin Phipps) composed music for Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room (Sam Worthington, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld) as well as her first feature length soundtrack, for Jake Gavin’s UK road movie Hector starring Peter Mullan.
Her most recent album is a collection of solo versions of songs from her previous albums: 'The Toerag Sessions' was recorded live to tape at London’s legendary ToeRag Studios with Grammy-winning producer Liam Watson.
Emily has recently recorded a new album which will be released shortly. She will be on a tour of Germany soon followed by a tour with Applewood Wood. The London date is the wonderful Union Chapel. Not to be missed.
‘Heartfelt songwriting… bridging the gap between folk, country and Fleetwood Mac’ (The Times)
‘Emily Barker has a gift for great melodies’ (The Guardian)
‘ambitious and beautifully wrought’ (Q)
‘singer-songwriters are hardly an endangered species in 2013 but there should still be room for those as talented as Emily Barker’ (Evening Standard)