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Emily and band have just returned home from a fantastic 21 date UK tour to launch the new album 'Echoes'.  Thankyou to all who came out to support them on their best tour to date.

Emily is delighted that the new album and songs have been so well received.

Here's the review of the Edinburgh Queen's Hall show:


Queen's Hall, 8/3/14 ****
Having launched her career by winning Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year title back in 2002, Dumfriesshire-born Emily Smith is now securely ranked among her generation’s leading interpreters of Scots song, latterly adding both contemporary covers and original material to her repertoire.

And while her fifth album Echoes, released last month, finds her focusing again on primarily traditional fare, its finely crafted arrangements reflect influences drawn as much from across the pond as from closer to home, resulting in a sound whose echoes are often of such country-folk luminaries as Nanci Griffith or Mindy Smith, even while its vocal accents remain vibrantly home-grown, with no mid-Atlantic compromise of definition or identity.

The real revelation here, though, with Smith newly back on the road to promote the album, following the birth of her first child, was that her singing, always beautifully poised between dulcet and crystalline, has taken on stunning new depths and dimensions in terms of its expressive potency.

Whether it’s down to motherhood, or simply the cumulative fruits of hard graft and experience, there was a fresh sensuality and pulsing rhythmic force to her delivery, a thrilling injection of guts and passion, allied with her previous hallmarks of exquisite articulation, minutely nuanced phrasing and unerring intonation.

From her darkly muscular, country-blues treatment of the traditional My Darling Boy – superbly backed, as during most of the set, by her four-piece band – to her gorgeous reworking of Richard Thompson’s classic Waltzing For Dreamers, delivered solo at the piano, virtually every number was a highlight.

Emily heads to Denmark at the end of April for four duo shows with Jamie McClennan.  See where they will be playing here:

09 Apr, 2014
New Album Echoes out on general release

Emily's new album 'Echoes' is now on general release.  You can order it from all good record retailers instore and online.

It's making a big impact so far....

"the freshest sounding folk album in an age"
Sunday Express ****

"bursting with joy and talent"
The Telegraph ****

"Echoes has started a murmur that will echo in my heart for years to come. If you could tune out the background noise for a few seconds you would hear it repeated with a steady beat up and down the land, because make no mistake this is a great record and it won’t be just me that thinks so.”

Read this review in full here:


26 Feb, 2014

Reviews for Emily's new album Echoes are coming thick and fast including a **** star review from the Telegraph today:

“An absolute triumph….I love this album to bits. My favourite CD of the year “
The Living Tradition

“A perfect mainstream folk album that both respects and enriches the tradition.”

“this really is beautiful stuff…. Excellent Scottish Folk Music that's definitely worth a listen”
Festival Photo *****

“Echoes is one of the finest and not only of its kin.   Go, give it a serious listen and then another —you won't be disappointed”

“simply jaw-dropping….a bewitching album from start to finish”
Rhythm & Booze

“the great canon of Scottish traditional song cries out for her voice to record it.  In case I’ve not made myself clear, Echoes is a brilliant album”

“Echoes is without doubt a Celtic folk album, but can I say a quite brilliant one.  I was absolutely spellbound with this album from start to finish”
Up Country

11 Feb, 2014
Cd Traiveller's Joy

Emily continues to draw on her talent as one of the finest interpreters of traditional song in the UK presenting an album that is unshakeably Scottish but with farther, wider horizons...Learn More

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