Emily is a rising folk star

Emily Smith: Bringing best of acoustic music to Sheffield
Emily Smith: Bringing best of acoustic music to Sheffield
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Emily Smith has one of those captivating voices that you never want to end.

Her audience hang on to every dying note as the song reaches its conclusion.

No wonder she is now a leading figure on the Scottish folk scene promoting both her original song-writing and traditional material in English and Scots languages.

Not only an exceptional singer, she also plays piano and accordion.

She has toured all over the world and so far has four solo albums to her name.

Latest is Traveller’s Joy, which was launched to a sold out crowd at this year’s Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. 

It is a collection of songs written and gathered on the road throughout 2010 the year in which Emily toured New Zealand, Australia, USA, Austria, Denmark and Russia.  

Her own songs blend beautifully alongside traditional material, much of which can be traced back to the travelling people of Scotland.  

There are a few covers, including Waltzing’s For Dreamers by Richard Thompson, whom Emily was delighted to open for on his UK tour back in 2009 (including a show in Chesterfield) and she was subsequently invited to perform at the Meltdown Festival in London, 2010 during Richard’s year as curator.  

Emily has just completed a busy summer of festival performances, including a main stage set at the Cambridge Folk Festival. Other recent TV appearances include the award-winning series Transatlantic Sessions, BBC Songs of Praise, BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live, ITV’s The Hour and a host of BBC and national radio station sessions including the Bob Harris Show and Aled Jones’s Good Morning Sunday.

Among the accolades to come her way are Scots Singer of the Year 2008, USA Songwriting Competition Winner 2005 and BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2002.

Emily Smith is at the Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield, on Tuesday. Tickets from www.wegottickets.com

Tom McConville and Dave Newey are at Chesterfield Folk Club tomorrow.

This is part of Martin Sumpton’s Pulling Strings fund raising efforts bringing artists and helpers together to raise money for the Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice and Sheffield’s Cavendish Centre for Cancer Care.

A spokesman said: “Chesterfield Folk Club is proud to have helped Martin’s efforts to raise money since we started in 2008 and this year have sent out emails to nearly 1,700 organisations, individuals and other folk clubs to let people know about the concert, while Martin has obtained the services of Newcastle fiddler Tom McConville along with Dave Newey for a wonderful evening of music and song.

“This is a great way to support two wonderful local charities and enjoy live music and lots of banter – what better way to enjoy the run- up to Christmas than with the sounds that we all love?”

The songs of Leonard Cohen are brought to life tomorrow courtesy of folk artist Keith James, He has taken the master songwriter’s classics – and a few less well-known items – to create a memorable evening’s entertainment. Keith will be at the Rock@Maltby, Wesley Centre, which is to be found in Blyth Road, Maltby. Next Friday’s guests are Maggie Boyle, Chris Parkinson and Pete Morton with their Magical Christmas Tree show.

Nether Edge Folk Club at the Lounge, Montgomery Road, feature BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Ewan McLennan on Sunday.

A young, up-and-coming folk artist, he has been making a name for himself at festivals, clubs and concert halls across the UK. His music combines folk song from around Britain and further afield.

His self-penned songs are also receiving critical acclaim.