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Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan


Sat 14 Feb 2015, 8:00pm–10:30pm

Where: San Fran, 171 Cuba St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Multi award winning Scottish folk singer Emily Smith and New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan return to tour NZ in February 2015 with their inspiring blend of traditional and original folk songs and instrumentals.

Emily’s beautiful voice eases tired ears and lifts souls with its simple beauty. She also plays accordion and piano. Performing with long time musical partner Jamie McClennan on guitar, fiddle and backing vocals, they are a highly talented duo presenting the best of Scottish folk music.

Emily was named BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year back in 2002. The accolades continued as she won the USA Songwriting Competition in 2005, Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2008, and she received two nominations in the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Folk Singer of the Year & Best Traditional Track). Kiwi born Jamie moved to Scotland in 2000 and having worked with Emily since the start of her career has established himself as a respected session musician and producer on the Scottish music scene.

Having now worked together for over a decade Smith and McClennan have toured all over the world, from Cambridge Folk Festival all the way down to the National Folk Festival in Australia, via Europe, Russia, Canada and New Zealand.

TV appearances include BBC Four’s Transatlantic Sessions, BBC One’s Songs of Praise, Scotland’s Hogmanay Live, NZ’s Good Morning Show and an exclusive performance for Sky Arts Channel.

In 2014 Emily released her much-anticipated new album ‘Echoes’, produced by Jamie. On this, her fifth studio album, Emily continues to draw on her talent as one of the finest interpreters of traditional song in the UK. Unshakeably Scottish but with farther, wider horizons, their new material sees time worn texts weave beautifully alongside contemporary covers blurring the borders of old and new to create her finest album yet.

“Beautifully poised between dulcet and crystalline…stunning…virtually every number was a highlight" The Scotsman **** (Live review, Edinburgh, March 2014)
"One of Scotland’s most distinctive voices. The sincerity in Emily’s singing is simply entrancing” R2 *****
“Bursting with joy and talent" The Telegraph ****
“He puts one in mind of the sort who’d at least contemplate selling his soul for fancy fiddle licks!” Sing Out!
“An awesome fiddle player” Folk World

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