Review: Emily Smith, Lowdham Village Hall
Artists and promoters know they've made the grade when they're mentioned on national radio. So it was great to hear Emily Smith's Warthog Lowdham Village Hall gig referenced on Bob Harris's Radio 2 Saturday night programme.
Smith, hailing from Dumfriesshire, has enjoyed 10 years in the business during which she has been nominated as Folk Singer of the Year and for Best Traditional Track.
This concert celebrated Scots roots blending traditional with her own more acoustic contemporary songs.Recent CD, Ten Years, features Smith's favourites over that time. However, her latest album has been put on hold due to the imminent birth of her baby.
That said, Lowdham was treated a preview with a rendition of Darryl Scott's, The Open Door which will be on the new record.Smith opened with an evocative, unaccompanied vocal, What a Voice, before being joined by Jamie McLennan (guitar, fiddle and backing vocals) and Mattheu Watson (whistles and guitar).
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Smith herself played accordion and keyboards.
Traditional numbers included Gypsy Davy, murder ballad, The Twa Sisters, Rabbie Burns's, Silver Tassie, Caledonia (not to be mistaken for the Dougie McLean song), and Plooman (Ploughman).
Smith's Audience of Souls, requested from the floor, wondered what previous generations would think of life today, Take You Home, spoke of the relationship between parent and child, and the upbeat Butterfly remembered a time leading a song-writing workshop over-looking Lake Huron in Canada.
Aptly the main gig finished with Final Trawl before a traditional tune set encore rounded off a delightful evening.