New signing: Emily Mae Winters
Fast rising star on the U.K. Folk scene Emily Mae Winters has that rare quality in a singer that makes critics reach for the superlatives. Described as having a voice that “stops you in your tracks” and “arresting, enthralling, tantalising” by Folk Radio UK, Emily combines straight-to-the-heart bitter-sweetness with her own unique passion and drama in performance. Emily Mae Winters’ exquisite songs which sit between the gentle seas of folk and country are frequently informed by her feelings of rootlessness, wherein people not nationality create a sense of belonging. The traditional songs she seeks out to sing also reflect this idea of a placeless identity, taking in folk music from Britain, Ireland and America. Emily’s self-penned debut album ‘Siren Serenade‘ was produced by Ben Walker of BBC Folk Award winning Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker fame and Lauren Deakin Davies who’s worked with the likes of Laura Marling and Peggy Seeger. Described as “Vibrant and experimental” by Songlines magazine, one of the record’s standout tracks ‘Anchor‘ won her The Guardian Songwriting Competition.
‘Siren Serenade‘ was released in April this year to critical acclaim, picking up plays on U.K. radio including the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, BBC Good Morning Sunday as well as international folk and Americana radio in the U.S. Winters received a scholarship to showcase at Folk Alliance International in the U.S. The album was then selected in the International Americana Music Show‘s top ten albums and featured in American Song Writing Magazine‘s reviews of the month. The album hosts a combination of self- penned and traditional folk songs and features musicians including Ben Walker (Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker- guitar/mandolin), Evan Carson (Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys- Drums), Lukas Drinkwater (double bass), Hannah Sanders (backing vocals) and Ben Savage (dobro). Her first headline tour of the year led to invites to play to her largest audiences yet including Cambridge Folk Festival and Moseley Folk Festival among others. Winters embarked on her second headline tour of the year in October, playing some sell out shows with a band featuring John Parker (double bass) and Virginia Mahieu/Ciaran Algar (fiddle). Announcements regarding a second album will be made in 2018.