Folk in a Box members are flying!
Over the winter months, members of Folk in a box have been writing, recording, releasing and promoting our exciting individual projects.
First up, is the fantastic Emily Barker, with her brand new album, ‘Almanac’, which is released on Monday 7th February!
‘Almanac’ is the third studio album by Anglo-Australian quartet Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo. The album weaves a compelling musical tapestry balancing contemporary influences with classic, folk-rooted songwriting.
In this almanac appear stories of love, renewal, the importance of community and our relationship to the earth. Shadowing these lighter themes are darker truths of untold atrocities committed by settlers on indigenous Australians during colonisation (Bones), the mass hysteria regarding a Scottish witch-hunt (Witch of Pittenweem) and good old-fashioned heartbreak.
Emily is a compelling songwriter with a gift for melody and words. Her talent is perfectly complimented by the magnificent arrangements of The Red Clay Halo. Throughout the album, the interplay between the band’s rootsy ensemble playing, and Barker’s agile vocal blend of strength and fragility, is effortlessly engaging. In moments when the four female voices combine to deliver arresting harmonies, it is simply blissful.
In the song ‘Pause,’ a grand pipe organ and lonely electric guitar provide stark arrangement to the group’s mesmerizing vocal chorus, whilst in ‘Ropes,’ as we are taken on a month by month account of the disintegration of a relationship, the quartet, backed by drums and double bass, stir up a rebellious storm before reforming peacefully with the determination to move on and the hope of a positive outcome: “And I can afford no hope but I do wish that you find yourself through losing me.”
The first single, ‘Little Deaths’ received enthusiastic radio support at 6 Music, with afternoon presenter Nemone making it her Single of the Week and plays from Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq on Radio 2.
A session with 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews is scheduled for Sunday 23 Jan, ahead of the second single release ‘Calendar’ on Jan 31 and a UK tour in February.
The album will be released in CD and digital format on the band’s own imprint ‘Everyone Sang.’ The project is entirely self-financed, through funding from a http://www.pledgemusic.com campaign and through support from the fanbase, in particular the owners of http://www.spareroom.co.uk. The band consists of Emily Barker (acoustic & electric guitar, lead vocals), Jo Silverston (cello, saw), Anna Jenkins (violin) and Gill Sandell (accordion, flute, piano, pipe organ). The album is co-produced by Ted Barnes with captivating illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.