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Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan


Sun 4 Mar 2012, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Irish Society Hall, 29 Domain Terrace, Spreydon, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members: $15.00
  • Non-members: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Award winning Scottish folk singer Emily Smith and New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan will be touring New Zealand in February and March 2012. Following a sell out tour back in 2010 they are back to delight audiences with an inspiring mix of original songs and tunes alongside updated settings of traditional material in English and Scots language.

Smith and McClennan have been creating music together for almost a decade. They met in 2002 shortly after Emily won the prestigious title of 'BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year'. Jamie joined Emily's band initially on fiddle but over the years has become an integral part of Smith's sound playing fiddle and lead guitar on recordings and live performances as well as producing Emily's latest solo album 'Traiveller's Joy', the success of which has helped garner her the nominations of 'Folk Singer of the Year' & Best Traditional Track' at the forthcoming BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards to be held in Feb 2012.

Emily grew up in Dumfriesshire, South West Scotland and moved to Glasgow in 1999 to study Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Already an accomplished accordion player, it wasn't until commencing her studies that she found her true passion was for song.

In the same year New Zealand born Jamie moved to Scotland to further his musical career. Raised in Hamilton he had grown up immersed in NZ's folk scene and played in several folk, blues and surf bands before making the move to Scotland where he became a sought after player on the Glasgow music scene playing ceilidhs and in the award winning four piece 'Quarter Mile'.

Smith and McClennan have released four albums under Emily's name (A Day Like Today 2002, A Different Life 2005, Too Long Away 2008 & Traiveller's Joy 2011) and in 2009 Jamie released his first solo album of self-penned instrumentals titled 'In Transit'.

Living only a few miles from the Dumfriesshire home of Scotland's bard Robert Burns, the pair were inspired to release an album of Burns material titled 'Adoon Winding Nith' in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of Burns' birth.

Emily and Jamie have toured worldwide performing on the main stage of many prestigious festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Denmark's Tonder Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival in Australia. They have also taken their music to audiences in Japan, Russia, New Zealand and North America and can note HRH the Prince of Wales and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond among their fans.

Performing a beautiful blend of traditional and original folk songs and tunes on vocals, accordion, piano, fiddle and guitar this is an act not to miss!

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