After last year’s hugely successful festival on North Pier, rock returns to the Pier on Saturday with Bafta award winning Emily Barker (pictured right) and the Red Clay Halo.
Australian Emily is best known for her song Nostalgia, used as the theme tune to BBC’s Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh .
She is appearing in the Merrie England Bar as part of a UK tour promoting her brand new album, Almanac.
Emily hails from a tiny rural backwater in the remote south west of Western Australia.
At 19, she headed out to travel the world, and in 2002 found herself in Cambridge, where she met local guitarist Rob Jackson and formed a band called The Low Country, recording to albums which were admired by the late John Peel.
In October 2005, Emily won Country Song of the Year and Regional Song of the Year at the annual West Australian Music Song writing awards.
Her debut solo album: Photos.Fires.Fables. received much acclaim in 2007.
Then came The Red Clay Halo, an all-female trio comprising Anna Jenkins, Jo Silverston and Gill Sandell, who play violin, cello, accordion and flute respectively and, with Emily, create four-art harmonies. Despite The Snow was recorded over a snowy Easter weekend in 2008, live, in a 16th century barn in Norfolk, in four days.
Out in November 2008, its opening track Nostalgia was used as the theme tune for Wallander, which attracted over six million viewers per episode, and won a slew of awards including a Bafta and a Royal Television Award for Emily’s song.
In 2010 Emily launched a campaign on Pledgemusic.com to raise funds to promote forthcoming releases.
The Pledge reached 114 per cent of its target within five weeks and continues to attract new fans to the band’s music.
The album Almanac was released earlier this month.
Released in CD and digital format on the band’s own imprint Everyone Sang, the project is entirely self-financed, through funding from a www.pledgemusic.com campaign and through support from the fanbase, in particular the owners of www.spareroom.co.uk.
Emily will be supported by Blackpool’s own Troubadour and Spiral Scouts, a five/six piece who have been making a very good name for themselves on the festival scene, with their own brand of funky folk, gypsy strings, funky bass and congas/various percussion.
Admission is £8. Doors open at 7.30pm.