With rich vocal harmonies , accordion, fiddle and sublime guitar backing, Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK folk scene today.
Having spent much of 2016 off the road (with Emily on maternity leave) the couple have taken time to focus on writing new material with an album release planned in 2018. The tour showcases a big new sound for the duo with originals by McClennan and reworked traditional songs from Smith paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years.
Meeting in 2002 when McClennan moved from NZ to Scotland, fiddle player Jamie soon became an integral part of Emily’s sound, taking on the role of lead guitar and backing vocals and producing several of her albums. They have performed throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Russia and North America with their music firmly rooted in the roots idiom drawing on influences from the folk tradition, Americana and beyond. Emily’s emotive voice lifts souls with its simple beauty. Paired with McClennan’s sensitive accompaniment and rich harmonies they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK folk scene today.