'Dear River' is an instant classic
Emily Barker wows at The Shepherd's Bush Empire
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo put on a fantastic show last night at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. With fine support from Chris T-T the girls put on a great show performing tracks from her new album, 'Dear River'.
'Theirs was a show full of magical moments: the stage lights the colour of a perfect sunset that shows up in the lyrics to "The Leaving"; Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman" reinterpreted as a country song; the young man in red braces pulled from the crowd to sing Frank Turner's part on "Fields of June", while the Red Clay Halo on thrilling strings had way more fun than seemed appropriate for a murder ballad; or the wild rendition of "Everywhen" that threatened to tear the roof from the old church. And yet the night's eventual highlight was an old one: "Nostalgia", the song that was later re-recorded as the theme to Wallander; spooky enough to drown out the appropriately-timed sirens from the street outside with a giddy rush of cello. Barker's vocals, always expressive and melodic, had never been better.' The Arts Desk (Oran Mor gig, Glasgow)
You can still catch Emily at one of her nationwide tour dates, but hurry, shows are selling out fast! Click here for her complete tour schedule.