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Emily Barker


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Bridgetown, Australia (2003 – present)

Emily Barker (born 1983 in Bridgetown, Western Australia) is an Australian songwriter and singer. In addition to a solo album “Photos. Fires. Fables.”, she recorded two album as the-low-country. Currently she performs and records as Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo.

As a teenager, Barker was known to sing heavy metal and soul covers at high-school assemblies. She first entered the British music scene via the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2002, where she appeared with Rob Jackson, Boo Hewerdine’s guitarist. The success of this performance led them to form a band called the-low-country, in which Barker was the songwriter and front person. They released two albums (the first being in 2003), played numerous alt-country venues and festivals, and enjoyed several plays on John Peel’s show.

2005 saw the birth of Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, consisting of Barker and the all-female trio of Anna Jenkins, Jo Silverston and Gill Sandell who collectively provide backing harmony vocals and who respectively play violin, cello and musical saw, and accordion, piano and flute.

The band’s second studio album, Despite The Snow, was recorded in live sessions in a 16th century barn in Norfolk. Self-released in November 2008 on Emily’s own label Everyone Sang, the album again garnered much praise.


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  • headeynyp

    OnTour: Nov 2013 Birkenhead UK

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Lou76

    Awesome. Try this one too- event: Beautiful.

    4 Aug 2012 Reply
  • marucru

    The Shadow Line

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
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  • the_jezmeister

    I think Photos. Fires. Fables was officially released as an Emily Barker solo album with The Red Clay Halo bit added on for everything since then. Although saying that I think Gill, Anna and Jo all played on P.F.F too

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • f_k_o_s

    Is Emily Barker the correct tag or should it be Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo?

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • the_jezmeister

    London based Emily fans..don't miss the chance to catch her this weekend amidst the gothic splendour of the Union Chapel in Islington. Performing as part of the Marginalised: Songs Of Love & Loss event alongside Alasdair Roberts, Robyn Hitchcock, Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, Jo Bartlett, Cathal Coughlan and Cate Le Bon...raising funds for the Margins homeless charity. Further details here :-)

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Pentangla

    very nice. i especially like the 'Despite the snow' album.

    3 Oct 2010 Reply
  • AjPa

    absolutely love this music, please keep making more music like this.

    9 Aug 2010 Reply
  • madamemoertsch

    she's really great.

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • kryptonite22

    chills me right out.

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
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  • Warlock1963

    What a find!

    7 Apr 2009 Reply
  • FruitfulTree

    mellow voice, screechless violins and guitar playing that makes her music listenable all night....

    29 Mar 2009 Reply
  • folkyjazzlounge

    Beautiful, wonderful lyrics, great backing instruments, what a voice, such guitar playing!

    29 Mar 2009 Reply
  • chrislee-marr

    awesome music :-) looking forward to the 23rd xox

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • spongecake

    What a spine-tingling gig on Sunday ! So looking forward to plotting a "Singles Night" Fundraiser for you ! Love , S xxx

    10 Nov 2008 Reply
  • chrisbrfc

    Beautiful voice, saw her supporting Frank Turner...brilliant...

    29 Oct 2008 Reply
  • the_boat

    Yeah saw her at the Barfly too! Really amazing voice!

    26 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Mc_Nally

    Saw her last night at the Barfly - really good!

    26 Oct 2008 Reply
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