Together Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo have recorded three albums. The first was ‘Photos.Fires.Fables.' (2007) - an eclectic tapestry of old-time narratives weaving gothic stories of fire, tragedy, love and hard lessons...
‘...sharply observed, original songs ...adventurously embellished by gypsy flourishes and haunting desert echoes that'd be at home on a Calexico album' Uncut
'This is a gorgeous, sincere voice that grabs you and won't let go' The Sun
This was followed by ‘Despite The Snow' (2008) which was recorded in just four days over a snowy Easter weekend in Norfolk. Critically acclaimed in the UK and Australian music press, its opening track ‘Nostalgia' became the Bafta-winning theme tune to BBC One drama Wallander starring British actor Kenneth Branagh. The music went on to win a BAFTA and a Royal Television Award.
'Stripped free of studio frippery and all the better for its carefree simplicity' Q Magazine
'The hills have yet to be emptied of gold if you know where to look.' The Times
February 2011 saw the release of ‘Almanac,' immediately attracting strong support from BBC radio with sessions for Cerys Matthews on 6 Music and Radio 4's Loose Ends, and single 'Little Deaths' picked as Record of the Week on Nemone's 6 Music show. A stream of sold-out UK tour dates followed, culminating in a rapturously received show at London's St Giles-In-The-Fields church at which 'Almanac' was performed in its entirety including a stunning, stark version of 'Pause'. This song has since been used as the theme tune to the BBC2 noir thriller The Shadow Line which received critical acclaim.
Editor's Choice February 2011: This is a dream of a record. A new Marling, then? No, Barker offers something else...' BBC Music
Emily's new album, 'Dear River' will be released on Linn in July 2013.
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'...we were treated to a sneak preview of Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo's forthcoming album Dear River and I have to say that it sounded fabulous.'more >>forfolkssake.com
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