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Emily Smith, Jamie McClennan & Jess Klein - 17 May 2008

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Emily Smith:

"With a voice as clear as a highland stream, it's easy to see why this Dumfries singer has a slew of 'young folkie' awards.' [The Observer, April 2008]

Former BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year (2002) and Scots Singer of the Year nominee (2005) Emily Smith has established herself as one of Scotlands finest young singers. A respected interpreter of traditional song, with a particular passion for those sourced in her home region of Dumfries & Galloway, Emily gives a refreshing and modern slant to ancient songs which blend easily alongside her own compositions.

Over the last few years Emily has been gathering interest and recognition as a songwriter and in 2005 she became the first ever winner from Scotland in the USA Songwriting Competition where she won the folk category with her song Edward of Morton. She has released two solo albums to date A Day Like Today (2002) and A Different Life (2005) as well as having performed/recorded with various artists including Karine Polwart, John McCusker and Nick Keir.

Emily has a relaxed and informative presence on stage and though only in her mid twenties she has toured worldwide with her band. Her material is song based, many being Smith originals, with the occasional instrumental set thrown in. Happy to sing unaccompanied or back herself on piano or accordion Emily is a versatile performer, and with her band mates on fiddle and guitar audiences can expect an energetic and varied performance.

Emily is also a member of Scotlands folk orchestra the Unusual Suspects and the acclaimed Scottish Women.

Jess Klein: described as Emmylou Harris meets Patti Smith, with a soulful, passionate voice and lyrics that alternate between searing and heartbreakingly vulnerable. Klein's newest album City Garden received five stars from MOJO magazine who described it as moving and intense.whose latest album, City Garden got a ***** Five Stars review in MOJO Magazine. We did not think we could pull of this double bill - but we have... very highly recommended