Unfortunately, James Fagan is unable to make it to the Club on this night, so instead of The James Brothers, Jamie McClennan is bringing Emily Smith instead!
New Zealand born musician Jamie McClennan has over 15 years experience as a touring musician. Jamie grew up in a house filled with music; his parents, both musicians, ran a folk club and folk festival in Hamilton, New Zealand during the 70s & 80s and their home was a regular stop over for many touring musicians. He first became interested in the fiddle at the age of nine, recalling sitting out in the sun porch at home mesmerised by Canadian fiddler Leo Ready playing the well-known fiddle tune ‘The Four Poster Bed’.
Jamie has engineered and produced Scottish singer Emily Smith‘s albums and performs regularly with her as a duo and with her band.
Multi award winning singer Emily Smith is a leading figure of the Scottish folk scene. For over a decade she has entertained audiences all over the world with her blend of traditional and original songs. Unshakeably Scottish but with farther, wider horizons, Emily’s music sees time worn texts weave beautifully alongside contemporary material, blurring the borders of old and new. Emily’s beautiful voice eases tired ears and lifts souls with its simple beauty. She also plays accordion and piano.
Emily has released eight studio albums, most recently ‘Songs For Christmas’ (2016). Her original song ‘Find Hope’, was selected as part of the BBC Radio 2 official December playlist. From humble beginnings in a rural farm shop her annual Christmas tour is now in its sixth year and selling out theatres across the UK.
Emily has performed and recorded with many musical greats from the folk scene and beyond including Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader, Jerry Douglas and Beth Nielsen Chapman. She was a guest singer on the Transatlantic Sessions’ live tour in 2013, alongside Mary Chapin Carpenter, Teddy Thompson and Aoife O’Donovan.
Television appearances include BBC Four’s Transatlantic Sessions, BBC One’s Songs of Praise, BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live and BBC Ulster’s ‘Santer’.
Having scaled back on touring in recent years to focus on their young family, Smith and McClennan are now touring as a duo performing newly written material drawing inspiration from folk, roots and Americana. They have a live album set for release in April 2018 with a studio album to follow in 2019.