Emily Barker (UK)
Cirencester, Gloucestershire. UK
Americana, Folk, Singer-Songwriter
Everyone Sang / Linn Records
Band members: Emily Baker
Bands and collaborations: Applewood Road, Vena Portae, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Marry Waterson + Emily Barker.
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) Sweet Kind Of Blue (2017)
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.