Scotland’s answer to Joni Mitchell

Scottish folk singer Emily Smith

Scottish folk singer Emily Smith

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ONE OF the leading singers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene is coming to the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton.

As part of a national tour, Emily Smith and her band will be playing at the prestigious Water Street venue on Sunday February 20, at 8pm.

The folk singer’s powerful, clear vocals have gained her award-winning, worldwide recognition.

As a songwriter, Smith has been likened to ‘a Scottish Joni Mitchell’, but as a passionate collector she is equally adept at presenting fresh and evocative interpretations of traditional songs.

A former BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Music of the Year Award winner, with a Honours degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Smith has released three solo albums with her fourth - Traveller’s Joy - launched at Celtic Connections 2011.

The new release features songs written on the road throughout 2010, beautifully blending alongside traditional material sourced from the travelling people of Scotland.

Smith continues to draw inspiration from her home area of rural Dumfriesshire in South West Scotland, but this release sees her writing from a more personal viewpoint than before.

Covers include Rick Kemp’s Somewhere Along the Road, performed on BBC1’s ‘Songs of Praise’, and Waltzing’s For Dreamers by Richard Thompson, whom she opened for on his UK tour in 2009 and was subsequently featured at London’s Meltdown Festival 2010 during his year as curator.

Guest musicians feature an international line-up including Nashville’s Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Dublin’s Alan Doherty on flute and whistles, Australia’s James Fagan on bouzouki and Icelandic/Scot Signy Jakobsdottir on percussion with regular band mates Duncan Lyall on double bass and producer Jamie McClennan on guitar and fiddle.

Alongside her solo career, Smith has worked with an array of artists from the folk scene and beyond including Phil Cunningham, Eddi Reader, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Karine Polwart and Chris Wood.

Tickets, priced £13 in advance, are available from the Box Office on 0845 1272190 or online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.