'Scots Singer of the Year 2008/9' Emily Smith has firmly established herself as a leading light in the Scottish folk scene. Since winning the 2002 'BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award' she has released three critically acclaimed albums, toured extensively with her band on the international folk circuit and is recognised not only as one of Scotland’s finest interpreters of traditional song but also as a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Emily spent six years living in Glasgow during which time she gained an Honours degree in Scottish Music from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Now living back in her home area of Dumfries & Galloway in South West Scotland Emily has found her niche drawing on the rich local history and ever changing landscape as the source and inspiration for her music. She has an affection (and growing reputation!) for collecting dusty old poetry and song books in search of new material.
Alongside her solo career she has written, recorded and toured with artists from the folk scene and beyond including Eddi Reader, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Karine Polwart, John McCusker, David Scott and Phil Cunningham. She has recorded live sessions for BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Aled Jones and Mike Harding alongside receiving regular play on BBC Radio Scotland. Recent television work includes performing on BBC 1 Scotland’s Hogmanay show and she will be featured in the new series of Transatlantic Sessions. Frequently performing in the same line up as her musical heroes, Emily’s star is definitely in the ascendant.
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