'...amazing...a classic album...' Maverick Magazine
'...a surfeit of gorgeous tunes.' Hi-Fi Choice
'...simply great songs performed by a breathtaking singer.' Rock'n'Reel
'Dear River is taking its place right alongside Almanac as one of my most treasured albums.' Simon Holland, folkradio
Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions 'Dear River' is a fascinating exploration of self, place and people which sees Emily blend her own story into the wider joys and sorrows gleaned from her rigorous researches into others' experiences of travel and emigration. With producer Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile) at the helm, the result is a beautiful, sensitive, provocative and at times surprising album.
'I'm so happy with this album.' says Emily, barely containing her excitement, 'The whole concept means so much to me and although the songs are quite personal, they also feel like they could be other people's stories - it's the best recording we've done.'
Watch Emily and the band perform 'Ghost Narrative' from the new album. It was filmed in rehearsals for their recent sold out show at London's Union Chapel.
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'...emotional depth and creative instinct.’more >>Bexhill Observer
'...a compelling song cycle...'more >>Songlines
'...fluid mezzo-soprano delivery and precise articulation.'more >>Contact Music
'it washes over you with its hazy brand of nostalgia...'Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo - Dear River - Q
'Ambitious and beautifully wrought, Dear River should mark Barker's entry into the big leagues.'more >>Stereoboard
'Emily Barker is an arresting presence.'more >>God Is In The TV
'...there was something in [Emily's] voice that defied you to skip past it.'more >>Liverpool Daily Post
'Her voice is by turns pure as the driven snow and capable of conveying real urgency'more >>The F Word
'...an instant classic.'more >>Planet Music
'Barker’s phenomenal vocals shine on every tune.'more >>DIVA
Download This: ‘A concept album about home, Dear River layers poignant images of travel, exile, emigration and landscape. The Red Clay Halo band weave classic folk and roots-rock whilst Baker’s warm voice tells a multitude of stories.’Folk Radio UK
'...sumptuous sonic treatment...'more >>Acoustic
'...there's no doubting the compelling beauty of [Emily's] voice.'more >>Live Music Scene
'Emily Barker packs a beautiful voice to the recognisable sounds that define the country genre.'more >>The Maverick
'Bloody amazing!'more >>Hi-Fi Choice
'... an Americana-themed hymn of strummed guitars, violin and vocal harmonies held together by a delicately balanced acoustic ambience. it's a warm, welcoming sound that entices your ears with a surfeit of gorgeous tunes.'more >>Stereo Board
'A wonderful album'more >>Vulture Hound Magazine
‘The album’s eleven tracks are intelligently-crafted ballads brimming with musical and lyrical ideas that resonate long after the album has reached the end of its run-time.’forfolkssake.com
'it's certain that Dear River is going to be something very special'more >>Folk Radio UK
'Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo have moved the game on yet again'more >>
24 August 2014
25 August 2014Purbeck Folk Festival
, Swanage, Dorset, England, United Kingdom