Multi award winning Scottish singer Emily Smith and New Zealand born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jamie McClennan have been making music together for over fifteen years. Meeting in 2002 when McClennan moved from NZ to Scotland, fiddle player Jamie soon became an integral part of Emily’s sound, taking on the role of lead guitar and backing vocals and producing several of her albums.
Smith’s accolades include BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the year, two BBC Radio 2 folk awards nominations and twice winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Emily’s original song ‘Find Hope’ was play listed on BBC Radio 2 in 2016.
They have toured extensively throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Russia and North America. Alongside their solo careers they have performed with many musical greats including Richard Thompson, Barbara Dickson, Jerry Douglas and Mary Chapin Carpenter. TV and radio appearances include Transatlantic Sessions (Emily only), BBC Songs of Praise, BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday and Bob Harris Show as well as national TV and radio in Australasia, Germany and Russia.
On their label White Fall Records they have released six albums under Emily’s name and two duo releases (2009 & 2018). Jamie has performed on all of Emily’s albums as well as recording and producing from 2008 to 2016.
Their new album, ‘Small Town Stories’ will be released in 2019 under the name of ‘Smith & McClennan’. It features ten tracks, nine of which are McClennan originals. It was recorded and produced by Ross Hamilton (Bad Mannequins, Texas, Wolfstone) at Rocket Science studio, Glasgow.
The duo’s sound draws on influences from the folk tradition, Americana and beyond. With gorgeously harmonised twin lead vocals accompanied by guitars, accordion and fiddle they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK acoustic scene today.
Sublime” Maverick ****
“Beautiful country-folk” Americana UK
“The freshest sounding folk album in an age” Sunday Express ****
“One of Scotland’s most distinctive voices….simply entrancing” R2 *****
“Stunning…virtually every number was a highlight” The Scotsman **** (Live Review)
“The beauty of music, words and delivery simply takes the breath away” The Wee Review ***** (live review)