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English folk royalty meets Australian soul in this new collaboration between Marry Waterson and Emily Barker.
After meeting at a songwriter's retreat, they have released an album of fly-on-the-wall observations of the contradictions and disconnections of modern life, 'A Window To Other Ways'. No strangers to collaboration, Waterson and Barker discovered an immediate kinship when they started writing together.
The intriguing combination of Waterson's poetic lyrics and Barker's eclectic musicality has been shaped in the studio by musical polymath Adem Ilhan. Serendipity worked her magic in bringing Waterson, Barker and Adem together.
The resulting collection of songs pushes the boundaries of Barker and Waterson's renowned roots styles, venturing into a diverse union of genres contemporary folk, country and soul nestles comfortably alongside lilting indie and playful blues.
Members of the Watersons folk family, cousin of Eliza Carthy and granddaughter of the great Norman Waterson, it was some time before Marry was about to take centre stage in her own right. Her style owes much to folk tradition, but without being beholden to it. Her 2011 album recorded with brother Oliver was nominated for a BBC Folk Award. Outside of the Waterson family, she has also collaborated with the likes of Kathryn Williams and James Yorkston.
See Marry Waterson tour dates
Emily Barker’s latest album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. The success of the album, with its seamless mix of soul, blues, country and folk influences, and the globe-trotting tours to support it helped land Emily the accolade of UK Artist of the Year at the recent UK Americana Awards held at Hackney Empire in London. Emily is perhaps best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and Applewood Road (with whom she released a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone, which was dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times) and has written for film, including composing her first feature film soundtrack (for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen). Praise for Sweet Kind of Blue: “finally sets out her true claim for stardom” Q "the arrangements are exquisite and the clear love [Barker] has for this music brings its own integrity" The Times "the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems” UNCUT 8/10
See 2 tour dates featuring Emily Barker
The Trades Club
- Holme Street
- Hebden Bridge
- HX7 8EE