Emma’s forthcoming tour has plenty of strings attached

Emma Stevens and her instruments.
Emma Stevens and her instruments.
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Emma Stevens knows her instruments.

From childhood, Stevens was classically trained on the piano and cello and, not content with two instruments, she soon progressed to banjo, ukelele, mandolin and 12-string guitar.

This total immersion in her folk/country soul is manifested in her forthcoming tour, on which, for the first time, she’ll be backed by a band.

“I am really excited about that because usually there’s just two of us. But on this tour we’ll have electric guitar and bass.”

“I won’t be quite as nervous going on stage with a band as opposed to being solo or in a duo but that’s not to say that I won’t be nervous.”

Stevens’ material is raw, heartfelt and real. Her debut, Enchanted, covers a range of topics including her late mother. Music was her chosen painkiller. And, at least on stage, it helped.

Emma Stevens comes to the Greystones on April 1.