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Tunes for a Monday Morning

This morning, traditional music from singer/pianist/accordion player Emily Smith, who comes from Dumfries and Galloway in the south-west of Scotland. She has five solo albums,  plus a collaboration with her husband, multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan (Adoon Winding Nith, 2009), and a compilation album (Ten Years, 2013). Her latest (Echoes, 2014) mixes musical influences from Scotland and Nashville with the aid of trans-Atlantic musicians including Jerry Douglas, Aoife O'Donovan, and Kris Drever. All of her work is terrific.

Above: " Sweet Lover of Mine,"  Child Ballad 1, performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival. It's on her fifth album, Traiveller's Joy.

Below:  "May Colven," Child Ballad 4, recorded for her third  album, Too Long Away. (That's McClennan on fiddle.)

Below:

The new video for "My Darling Boy" (a variant of the ballad "The Trees They Grow So High"), from Echoes.

And I'll throw in one more, a contemporary song this time:

 "Somewhere Along the Road" by Steeleye Span's Rick Kemp. Smith recorded this one for Traiveller’s Joy, her album of Scottish traveller ballads and songs from the road.

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