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Emily Smith

Emily Smith

BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year (2002) and Scots Singer of the Year nominee (2005) Emily Smith has established herself as one of Scotland’s finest young singers. A respected interpreter of traditional song, with a particular passion for those sourced in her home region of Dumfries & Galloway, Emily gives a refreshing and modern slant to ancient songs which blend easily alongside her own compositions.

Over the last few years Emily has been gathering interest and recognition as a songwriter and in 2005 she became the first ever winner from Scotland in the USA Songwriting Competition where she won the folk category with her song ‘Edward of Morton’. She has released two solo albums to date ‘A Day Like Today’ (2002) and ‘A Different Life’ (2005) as well as having performed/recorded with various artists including Karine Polwart, John McCusker, Brian McNeill and Nick Keir.

Emily has a relaxed and informative presence on stage and though only in her mid twenties has already toured worldwide with her band. Her material is song based, many being Smith originals, with the occasional upbeat instrumental set thrown in. Happy to sing unaccompanied or back herself on piano or accordion Emily is a versatile performer, and with her band mates on fiddle and guitar, audiences can expect an energetic and varied performance.

Alongside her solo career Emily is also a member of ‘The Unusual Suspects’ (Scotland’s unofficial folk big band) and recently formed The Middle Eight (eight songwriters from the worlds of pop, folk, jazz and rock writing and performing new music)

”it’s hard not to fall in love with Smith’s voice”— Sing Out Magazine (USA)

“a stellar voice” — The Observer (UK)

Emily Smith is an engaging musician who has a quiet, friendly rapport with her audience. ….Possessing one of the clearest, truest voices in Celtic music,…”   —  The Living Tradition Magazine May 2005

Emily Smith is an exceptional musician. With her amazing voice, as well as her skilful playing of both accordion and piano." —Roots Review August 2004

While perfect pitch is often touted as the vocalist’s holy grail, Smith’s singing possesses the rarer, multi-dimensional quality of perfect poise. Her limber, youthful lightness of tone is balanced by emotive and lower-register resonance, while her precise, insistent consciousness of rhythm encompasses a wealth of expressive fluidity.
     A packed house testified to Smith’s deservedly spiralling reputation, and also to the stellar calibre of her second album A Different Life, which, alongside her exquisite interpretations of traditional material, saw her spreading her wings somewhat as a songwriter.”—The Scotsman 24th March 2005


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