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Warm welcome guaranteed at hometown show
Birmingham-born folk singer Emily Mae Winters is returning to her hometown to perform for the second time in just over six weeks. After taking to the stage at the 2017 Moseley Folk Festival at the beginning of September, Emily is headlining at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in nearby Kings Heath on October 24.
She may have been born in Birmingham but Emily was raised in and around the rugged coasts of Clonakility, Southern Ireland. She moved to London in 2009 to pursue a history degree. Whilst at university, she began writing her own songs and in 2010 was a finalist in the UK Live and Unsigned competition.
Poetic: Emily Mae Winters (pic: Elly Lucas)
In 2012, she was offered a scholarship to study music and theatre at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. After graduating she performed in numerous theatre productions across the UK, including playing Ophelia in a touring production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, whilst continuing to enter songwriting competitions and gigging in and around the acoustic/ roots scene in London.
A poetry enthusiast, Emily worked at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden and at Keats House Museum, Hampstead Heath, where she ran 'Playing Poetry' events for fellow poets and musicians. She also ran poetry and music workshops for children at libraries and schools.
A meeting with Ben Walker, a Radio 2 Folk award winner and musical partner to Josienne Clarke, led to him producing Emily's first commercial release, an EP of four songs written by Emily and featuring Ben on steel guitar and mandolin. It earned her nominations for the Fatea release of the year, Rising Star in the Folking Awards and Best EP in the Laurel Canyon Music Awards. She also received a scholarship to showcase at Folk Alliance International in association with English Folk Song and Dance Society and British Underground in the US.
Debut album: Siren Serenade
After spending 2016 opening for top UK folk acts, including Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Philip Henry and Hannah Martin, Adam Holmes and the Embers, Jim Moray and Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, Emily embarked on her first solo tour in spring 2017. Now based in Cambridge, audiences at her forthcoming shows can expect to hear tracks from her 2017 debut album, Siren Serenade.
Oct 17: The Bell Inn, Bath; Oct 20: Netheredge Bowling Club, Sheffield; Oct 22: The Live Room, Saltaire (with Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage); Oct 24: Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham;
Oct 26: The Glad Cafe, Glasgow;
Oct 27: Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh;
Oct 31: Castle Theatre, Wellingborough (with Gilmore and Roberts);
Nov 1: Faversham Folk Club (with Gilmore and Roberts);
Nov 2: Quaker Meeting Rooms, Great Barfield, Braintree (with Gilmore and Roberts);
Nov 8: London Folk and Roots Festival, The Slaughtered Lamb;
Nov 12: The Cock Inn, Clare, Suffolk (with Gilmore and Roberts);
Nov 16: The Musician, Leicester (with Gilmore and Roberts);
Nov 18: Black Duck Folk, Chippenham (with Gilmore and Roberts);
Nov 19: Bristol Folk House (with Gilmore and Roberts);
Nov 25: Union Music Store, Lewes;
Dec 2: The Junction, Cambridge;
Dec 8: Milkmaid Folk Club, Bury St Edmunds (with Anthony John Clarke).