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Emily Smith at Paisley Arts Centre

Emily Smith, one of the leading singers in the Scottish folk scene, returns to Paisley on Saturday 16 June.

Her powerful, clear vocals have gained her award winning, worldwide recognition. As a songwriter Emily has been likened to ‘a Scottish Joni Mitchell’, but she is equally adept at presenting fresh and evocative interpretations of traditional songs.

Emily has toured worldwide performing on the main stage of many of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Denmark’s Tonder Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival in Australia. She has also taken her music to audiences in Japan, Russia, New Zealand and North America.

Emily first burst on to the folk scene when she won ‘BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award’ in 2002 and since then she has won ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2008 and was nominee for ‘Live Act of the Year’ at the same awards in 2011. Emily also won the folk category of the USA Songwriting Competition in 2005 with her song ‘Edward of Morton’. Most recently she received two noimations at the BBC 2 Folk Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Best Traditional Track for ‘Sweet Lover of Mine’ which is on her fourth studio album ‘Traiveller’s Joy’.

Tickets cost £10 (£8 conc) and are available online at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking or by calling 0141 887 1010.

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(Photo by Simon Lees)