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Emily Smith

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Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway (2002 – present)

Emily Smith (born 1981 in Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway) is a Scottish folk singer. She won the BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Music of the Year Award in 2002. She is a member of Scotland’s ‘folk orchestra’, The Unusual Suspects, and was named ‘Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year 2008’.

Smith has always held a passion for local history and a keen sense of belonging, which shines through in her music and the enthusiasm she displays when talking of her home region. “Dumfries and Galloway is often a forgotten part of Scotland and through my material, whether traditional or my own songs, I try to portray the beauty and diversity of where I come from. I love being able to sing a song and picture the exact setting of where the event took place, or to sing some of Robert Burns’ material and know that he travelled the same roads and admired the same landscapes as I do today.”

Since winning the 2002 ‘BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award’ she has released several critically-acclaimed albums, toured extensively with her band on the international folk circuit and is recognised not only as one of Scotland’s finest interpreters of traditional song but also as a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Smith spent six years living in Glasgow, during which time she gained an Honours degree in Scottish Music from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, graduating in 2003.

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  • grendelis

    Emily and Jamie are playing at the Tauranga & Katikati Music Festival in New Zealand on Saturday 25th February... ie. next weekend!

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Micky89

    Interesting accent. Very sweet. ^_^

    22 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Mullington

    Great voice-good looking too :-)

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
  • juttaSch

    what a voice - clear as glass - I listen to her for the first time today and I'm totally under a spell

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Morvyn-Menzies

    Emily smith has a truly sweet ringing voice xxx

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • JennaHubbard

    Tonight was an excellent show :]

    12 Oct 2007 Reply