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Tunes for a Monday Morning

Emily Smith

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 Smith's fifth album, Traiveller's Joy.

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

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

Below, a contemporary song this time: "Somewhere Along the Road," written 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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