Emily Barker's official bio
Emily Barker is the award-winning songwriter and performer of the theme to BBC TV’s Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Her music is a blend of roots influences, from country to English folk via 60s pop.
Alongside the Wallander theme, Emily has also provided the theme music to BBC TV drama The Shadow Line (which won an Ivor Novello for best TV soundtrack for series composer Martin Phipps) and has recently (again in collaboration with Martin Phipps) composed music for Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room (Sam Worthington, Britt Marling, Hailee Steinfeld) as well as her first feature length soundtrack, for Jake Gavin’s UK road movie Hec McAdam starring Peter Mullan.
Her most recent album is a collection of solo versions of songs from her previous albums: ‘The Toerag Sessions’ was recorded live to tape at London’s legendary ToeRag Studios with Grammy-winning producer Liam Watson.
Emily’s last album with The Red Clay Halo, ‘Dear River’, was critically acclaimed across the board, with four and five star reviews including lead reviews in The Times and Evening Standard, alongside recognition from specialist magazines such as Maverick, R2 and Country Music People. It went on to be voted Americana album of the year by readers of the UK’s foremost roots music website, Spiral Earth, and debuted in the UK Independent Album Breakers chart at #3, spending five weeks in the top 20.
‘Heartfelt songwriting … bridging the gap between folk, country and Fleetwood Mac’ The Times
‘Emily Barker has a gift for great melodies’ The Guardian
‘Ambitious and beautifully wrought’ Q
‘Singer-songwriters are hardly an endangered species in 2013 but there should still be room for those as talented as Emily Barker’ Evening Standard
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo are:
Emily Barker: Vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica
Anna Jenkins: Violin, viola, vocals
Gill Sandell: Accordion, piano, flute, vocals
Jo Silverston: Cello, bass, banjo, vocals