Emily Smith

Emily Smith


"Smith could become to Scottish folk what Joni Mitchell is to its Californian cousin" Q Magazine


‘Scots Singer of the Year 2008’ Emily Smith has firmly established herself as a leading light in the Scottish folk scene.

Since winning the 2002 ‘BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award’ she has released three critically acclaimed albums, toured extensively with her band on the international folk circuit and is recognised not only as one of Scotland’s finest interpreters of traditional song but also as a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Emily spent six years living in Glasgow during which time gained an Honours degree in Scottish Music from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Now living back in her home area of Dumfries & Galloway in South West Scotland Smith has found her niche drawing on the rich local history and ever changing landscape as the source and inspiration for her music. She has an affection (and growing reputation!) for collecting dusty old poetry and song books in search of new material. The results are re-worked ballads which seamlessly interweave with Smith’s own descriptive songs, often confusing the listener as to which material is old and which is new.
Her song writing has not gone without recognition – She became the first ever winner from Scotland in the USA Songwriting Competition in 2005 after winning the folk section with her song ‘Edward of Morton’, another of her songs ‘Always a Smile,’ about the life of her Polish grandmother, was short listed in the final ten.

Emily is currently recording an album of Robert Burns material focussing on songs Burns wrote while living in Dumfries & Galloway. The album titled ‘Adown Winding Nith’ will be released in the UK in autumn 2009.

Alongside her solo career Smith has written, recorded and toured with artists from the folk scene and beyond including Eddi Reader, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Chris Wood, John McCusker, David Scott and Phil Cunningham.
She has recorded live sessions for BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Aled Jones and Mike Harding alongside receiving regular play on BBC Radio Scotland.
Recent television work includes performing on BBC 1 Scotland’s Hogmanay show live from Edinburgh Castle and as a featured singer in the new series of Transatlantic Sessions.
Frequently performing in the same line up as her musical heroes, Smith’s star is definitely in the ascendant.


Sunset Hymn

Written By: Emily Smith

Spider's hanging in his web
Waiting for the dawn
As if to show my path
The street light flickers on

And while inside the candle flame burns bright
I stand content warmed by the summer night
End of July the stars shine up above
And I see inside a room filled with love

A mother's call drifts across the field
Her first born gone leaves a wound for time to heal
No wind today, no rain
I hope tomorrow might bring the same


Middle Eight:
While in that room you sit and wait for me
If you looked out I wonder what you'd see

I stepped outside to breathe the evening in
A shepherd's sky ignites the sunset hymn
My senses reel as I fall into the sound
I try to move but my feet stick to the ground



CD - 'May Colven' (single) released on Spit & Polish/Cadiz Music July, 2008.

CD - 'Too Long Away' (album), released on Spit & Polish/Cadiz Music April, 2008.

CD - 'A Different Life', (album) released on White Fall Records, 2005.

CD - 'A Day Like Today', (album) released on Footstompin' Records, 2002

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Emily’s music is a beautiful blend of traditional and self penned material which breathes new life into the Scottish folk tradition. She draws much of her inspiration from the local history and landscape of her home in rural Dumfriesshire, South West Scotland.