Emily Barker with Lukas Drinkwater at St Ives September Festival.
Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter, best known as writer and performer of the theme to the BBC’s hugely successful crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.
She has released music as a solo artist with various bands and collaborations including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae, Marry Waterson and Applewood Road, with whom she produced a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone and dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times.
She has also written for film, including the soundtrack for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector. Emily’s 2020 album A Dark Murmuration of Words hit No 1 on the Official Americana Album chart in the UK. It takes her clear, expressive vocals and warm acoustic aesthetic and subtly shifts her sound in the direction of contemporaries such as Laura Marling and Phoebe Bridgers. Her ten album songs draw connections between the familial, the local, and the global: a mother sings to her unborn child asking for its forgiveness on ‘Strange Weather’; ‘When Stars Cannot Be Found’ explores the humbleness and comfort of the night sky when far away from home. Other highlights include the nostalgic ‘Return Me’, ‘The Woman Who Planted Trees’, the gloriously defiant ‘Machine’ and the effortless album closer ‘Sonogram’. Emily Barker will appear at St Ives with Lukas Drinkwater.