Smith & McClennan - Friday 13 September 2019


Headlining our milestone 20th anniversary Festival will be Smith and McClennan, who will be making a welcome return to Linlithgow.

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. Having spent much of 2016 off the road (with Emily on maternity leave), the couple took time off to focus on writing new material. The fruits of their labours were two albums, the first of which - Unplugged - was released in April 2018. It features ten tracks, with seven previously unrecorded songs, including three preview tracks from their studio album coming out later this year.

The duo’s new sound features originals by Jamie and reworked traditional material from Scotland and New Zealand, drawing on influences from the Folk tradition, Americana and beyond. With rich vocal harmonies, accordion, fiddle and sublime guitar backing, they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK Folk scene today. Emily and Jamie have recently returned from an extensive tour of New Zealand and are very much looking forward to playing at the Linlithgow headline concert on Friday September 13th.

SUPPORT BY FORTH STREET

Forth Street are a seven-piece band who met at the Tolbooth traditional music classes in Stirling. With musicianship rivalling many of the top young acts in the Scottish folk scene today the band’s youthful energy centres on the music traditions and cultures of the Stirlingshire area and beyond. Already making a fantastic reputation for themselves, they are only going to get better and better. Fiddle Bruce McQuaid, Alexander Malcolm, Carla Subke, Roisin Diamond, Orla Diamond Accordion Tom Mackay Guitar Jamie McQuaid.

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