Two of folk’s most prominent names, Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan, will be performing at Arlington Arts Centre on Saturday, May 20.
This year, the pair celebrate 15 years of making music together and, as a result, they are touring the UK in commemoration of this milestone.
Firmly rooted in the folk idiom, their music encompasses influences ranging from traditional Scottish song, Americana and beyond. With over a decade of marriage, their dual vocals blend with an intimacy nurtured over time and shared experience performing all over the world.
Twice nominated at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2012, BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2002 and Scots Singer of the Year winner in 2008 & 2014, Emily is a leading light of the Scottish folk scene.
Paired with McClennan on vocals, guitar and fiddle, they are a highly talented duo presenting the best of contemporary folk music.
Emily has also been featured all over including on BBC Four’s Transatlantic Sessions, BBC One’s Songs of Praise, Scotland’s Hogmanay Live, BBC Ulster’s Santer and an exclusive performance for Sky Arts Channel.
Smith and McClennan met in 2002 when Jamie moved from New Zealand to Scotland to further his musical career. Initially the fiddle player in Emily’s band, Jamie soon became an integral part of Emily’s sound and has produced several of her albums.
He also performs with Australian singer James Fagan in an antipodean-themed duo The James Brothers and is currently writing songs for a second solo album.
The folk duo intertwine and harmonise beautifully. Their original compositions are some of Britain’s finest in the folk scene. Emily & Jamie have toured all over the world, from Cambridge Folk Festival all the way down to the National Folk Festival in Australia, via Europe, Russia, Japan, Canada and New Zealand.
Tickets for the gig are available at £14 online at arlingtonarts.co.uk, or by calling the box office on 01635 244246.