Join Gordon Hotchkiss from 3.00pm on Friday for Homeward Bound when Gordon will be chatting with singer Emily Smith.
Emily Smith is a leading singer of the Scottish folk scene. Her powerful, clear vocals have gained her award winning, worldwide recognition. As a songwriter Emily has been likened to ‘a Scottish Joni Mitchell’, but she is equally adept at presenting fresh and evocative interpretations of traditional songs.
Raised in rural Dumfriesshire in South West Scotland, Emily grew up dancing in her mother’s dance school soaking up music from genres ranging from traditional music to show tunes. She plays piano and accordion but it’s her outstanding vocals which have led her to be nominee for ‘Folk Singer of the Year’ and ‘Best Traditional Track’ for her song ‘Sweet Lover of Mine’ at the forthcoming 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Emily is currently touring to promote her new album ‘Traiveller’s Joy’ a beautiful collection of songs written and gathered on the road reflecting Emily’s travels and ongoing respect for traditional material, much of which can be sourced back to the travelling people of Scotland. Covers include ‘Somewhere Along the Road’ by Rick Kemp and Richard Thompson’s ‘Waltzing’s For Dreamers for whom Emily opened on his UK tour dates in 2009 and was subsequently invited to perform at Meltdown Festival during his year as curator.
Gordon Hotchkiss Homeward Bound, Friday 15 June from 3.00pm.