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The Arc Sessions: Emily Smith
Sat 10 December 2016, 19:30 – 22:00 GMT
Emily Smith: Songs for Christmas
“Bursting with joy and talent"
The Telegraph ****
“The freshest sounding folk album in an age"
Sunday Express ****
“Stunning…virtually every number was a highlight"
(Live Review) The Scotsman ****
“One of Scotland’s most distinctive voices. The sincerity in Emily’s singing is simply entrancing”
Multi-award winning Scottish folksinger Emily Smith has been a leading voice of the Scottish folk scene for over a decade. 2016 sees the release of her sixth solo album ‘Songs For Christmas’.
Emily’s career began in 2002 when she became BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Subsequent accolades include Scots Singer of the Year 2008 & 2014 and two nominations at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2012 (Folksinger of the Year & Best Traditional Track).
On ‘Songs For Christmas’ Emily presents a beautifully crafted album of original and traditional material drawn from her folk background. The material has been written and collected over the last few years in response to the popularity of her annual Christmas show held in Emily’s home region of Dumfries & Galloway.
The result is an album of songs that inspire, comfort and celebrate Christmas and the winter season. Forgotten gems such as the ancient Scots ‘Christ Has My Hairt, Ay’ and soulful American ballad ‘Heard From Heaven Today’ feature alongside contemporary covers and favourite carols.
Smith’s songwriting also features with two originals ‘Winter Song’ and the single ‘Find Hope’.
Combined with upbeat instrumentals, well known carols and the occasional (easy to play from your seat) game, the ‘Songs For Christmas’ tour is a unique, family friendly, Christmas night out!
Joining Emily on 2016’s ‘Songs For Christmas’ tour are talented multi-instrumentalists Jamie McClennan (fiddle, guitar, vocals), Anna Massie (guitar and fiddle).