Having celebrated a decade as one of Scottish music’s most distinctively sublime voices, Emily Smith begins a fresh chapter in her illustrious career with fifth solo album, Echoes.
In Echoes, Emily returns to her first love of traditional song, with what she describes as “a new Scottish sound”. Recorded over the space of a year, the album is unshakeably Scottish but with farther, wider horizons. From remembered ballads like the murdery Twa Sisters and the mythical King Orfeo, to contemporary but no less timeless songs such as Bill Caddick’s John O’Dreams and Darrell Scott’s The Open Door.
Time has passed ridiculously fast since 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.
In 2013 Emily released her best-of collection Ten Years, marking a journey that’s already seen her described by The Guardian as Scotland’s
“most impressive young songwriter”.
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