Creativity and play
Reading in the woods

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.)


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.