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Frank Turner and Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Fields of June

Frank Turner and Emily Barker

Frank Turner and Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

In support of Frank Turner’s tour which came to a close last week, Frank Turner and Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo have produced a folk duet of Barker’s track, Fields of June.

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo supported Frank Turner on his UK tour which finished at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on November 27.

Fields of June features Turner on vocals and is available to download from here for free. You can watch the live video below:

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo re-released their critically acclaimed album Almanac on 12″ vinyl last week. It comes also comes with a limited edition art print.

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Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Almanac Album Review

Folk sensation Emily Barker is releasing her third album, Almanac, with her band The Red Clay Halo in November.

Emily Barker Almanac

Almanac CD cover design

Receiving a ‘Record of the Week’ from Nemone on 6 Music, outstanding reviews from Q, The Times and the BBC, which has used two of her tracks for prime time TV show The Shadow Line and the multi-award winning Wallander, Emily Barker has definitely shaken the roots of folk.

Coming from Bridgetown, Western Australia, she is becoming well known for her ability to intertwine beautiful lyrics, angelic vocals and melodic tunes into some of the most influential folk music around today.

Staying quite traditional in most respects, Almanac is a strong folk album. It’s a similar style of folk to Joni Mitchell. The Red Clay Halo produce melodic folk music along side breath taking vocals. Not quite as impressive as Joni Mitchell’s voice but there is less chance that Barker’s voice will break glass…

Opening track, Billowing Sea, is one of the catchiest songs on the record with the chorus, “There will be a billowing sea of light and liberty/I gave my all and even more for the sake of the giver in me”. It’s bound to have you humming the tune after just one listen.

Billowing Sea is a happy folk number with upbeat rhythms whereas other songs like Reckless, Pause and Lights are the sadder, more emotional tracks which really let you see how strong Barker’s song writing is.

Then there’s the song, Witch of Pitteweem, which reminds me of The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York in the way that Barker sings and then the male vocalist returns her calls. It’s more dramatic than the other songs on the record as well, allowing the listener to see Barker’s fun and playful side.

Emily Barker

Emily Barker

There are layers to each track stopping any of them from becoming plain. Each track has it’s own unique style and sound which is something that really pushes this record way above other folk artists.

Barker’s vocals compliment every musical accompaniment and are interesting to say the least. She has such a unique voice. It’s powerful yet fluently changes to be angelic, soft and even fragile at times.

Almanac is a fantastic folk album. There isn’t a track that sticks out as being particularly bad or disappointing. Every song offers something to the listener. It’s an easy listen that contains beautiful lyrics, soft vocals and some of the best composed yet unpretentious folk music I’ve heard in a while.

Almanac is out on November 14 on Emily Barker’s own label, Everyone Sang.

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Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Almanac

Folk sensation Emily Barker is releasing her third album, Almanac, in November. She is also going on her biggest headline tour this month with her band The Red Clay Halo before she spends November on tour supporting Frank Turner.

To celebrate the news of Emily Barker’s soon to be album release and tour, some lovely PR material has been posted out.

Watch her new video for Billowing Sea taken from album, Almanac:

You can also get a free download of Ropes (also taken from Almanac) here and another free download of Emily’s own cover of First Time Ever I Saw Your Face here.

Details of where to catch her on tour are below:

October Tour 2011
Weds 12th- Komedia, Brighton 0845 293 8480
Thurs 13th- Bridport Arts Centre 01308 424 204
Fri 14th- Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth 01453 833 320
Sun 16th- The Jericho, Oxford 01865 311 775
Weds 19th- Phoenix Arts, Exeter 01392 667 080
Thurs 20th- Fibbers, York 08444 77 1000
Fri 21st- Guildhall, Gloucester 01452 503 050
Sat 22nd- Leadmill, Sheffield 01142 212 828
Sun 23rd- The Cluny, Newcastle 01912 304 474
Mon 24th- The Musician, Leicester 01162 510 080
Tues 25th- The Met, Bury 01617 612 216
Thurs 27th- Royal Albert Hall- Elgar Room, London 0845 401 5045
Fri 28th- Bodega, Nottingham 01159 505 078
Sat 29th- Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 01132 752 411
Supporting Frank Turner

Tue Nov 22 BOURNEMOUTH O2 Academy
Wed Nov 23 NEWPORT Centre
Thu Nov 24 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Fri Nov 25 GLASGOW Barrowlands
Sat Nov 26 MANCHESTER Apollo
Sun Nov 27 LONDON Hammersmith Apollo

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