Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo: ‘Dear River’ Tour!
Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions, the exuberant track – a letter to the Blackwood River in Western Australia on the eve of her departure into the big, wide unknown – is the launch pad for the album’s fascinating exploration of self, place and people. “Dear River is a song about journey,” says Emily, “it is a longing for the unfamiliar, where the journey itself becomes a home. However, the more I travel and experience, the more the river calls me back and I start longing for what I knew: those first landscapes, those first loves’’
After self-financing her first three albums, Emily is now releasing her fourth album on one of the world’s leading ‘audiophile’ labels, Linn Records. Produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile) the Dear River album marks a significant sonic move forward from the previous three albums, highlighting Emily’s agile vocal blend of strength and fragility, while lyrically exploring the meaning of home and its related tangents of exile, displacement, and family. UK based but hailing from Bridgetown, Western Australia, Emily Barker is a compelling singer-songwriter, who with her band The Red Clay Halo blends classical, rock, country and folk influences to stunning effect. Having released three critically acclaimed albums, played a string of sold-out UK dates, performed with Frank Turner at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and written and performed the Bafta and Ivor Novello award-winning themes to hit BBC dramas Wallander and The Shadow Line, the Dear River album is a major landmark that will surely take Emily to a whole new level.
Emily Barker invites fans to be Frank Turner for a night on biggest ever UK tour
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo embark on their biggest UK tour yet, with support from Chris T-T, and each night are offering an audience member the opportunity to join them on stage to duet with Emily on the track “Fields Of June. Released as a limited edition 7” vinyl last year, Fields of June was re-interpreted by Barker, The Red Clay Halo and Frank Turner to critical acclaim and then performed as a duet at London’s Union Chapel in November 2012. Frank also invited Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo to perform with him at the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Now one lucky fan on each night of the tour will be invited to step into Turner’s shoes and deliver his part of the spellbinding song.
WATCH: Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo and Frank Turner perform Fields of June at Union Chapel in 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fN-3qaJ-8w
Any budding Frank Turners should make their case at: http://facebook.com/EmilyBarkerHalo
“Dear River” is available to download from iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/q60pxu
Louder Than War – “There’s some truly astonishing records coming out of the folk scene at the moment… Dear River is at the very top of that pile.”
UK TOUR http://www.musicglue.com/emilybarker/ (with ticket links)
Thu 7th Nov – St Philips Church, Salford
Fri 8th Nov – Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Sat 9th Nov – Cluny 2, Newcastle
Sun 10th Nov – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Mon 11th Nov – Junction 2, Cambridge
Wed 13th Nov – Discovery Centre, Winchester
Thu 14th Nov – Phoenix, Exeter
Fri 15th Nov – Plaza Suite, Sevenoaks
Sat 16th Nov – St Mary-in-the-Castle, Hastings
Sun 17th Nov – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Tue 19th Nov – Glee Club, Birmingham
Wed 20th Nov – Greystones, Sheffield
Thu 21st Nov – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
Fri 22nd Nov – Folk House, Bristol