Emily Barker is best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to the hit BBC drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Growing up in rural Western Australia, Barker fell in love with American roots music from the soul of Aretha Franklin to the country of Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris. Her travels led her to settling in the UK, where she has released a succession of critically acclaimed albums with her former band The Red Clay Halo, side-project Vena Portaeand country-folk trio Applewood Road with Amy Speace and Amber Rubarth.
Her new solo album Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell, Mary Chapin Carpenter). From country-soul ballads to the unfettered joy of the bluesy ‘Sunrise’, the album has been lauded as Barker’s best yet and features contributions from some of Memphis’ finest musicians.
For this UK tour, Emily has brought together a band of some of the best young musicians in the UK - Pete Roe (keys, guitar, vocals), Lukas Drinkwater (bass, vocals) and Rob Pemberton (drums, vocals).
Pete Roe will also play a solo set to open.
Praise for Sweet Kind of Blue:
“the arrangements are exquisite and the clear love [Barker] has for this music brings its own integrity” The Times ★★★★
“country-soul with luminous warmth” Mojo ★★★★
“finally sets out her true claim for stardom” Q ★★★★
“the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems” UNCUT 8/10
“powerful, expressive voice” Mail on Sunday ★★★★
“a truly towering achievement” RnR ★★★★★
Sunday Express ★★★★
Sweet Kind of Blue (official video)
Sister Goodbye (official video)
Over My Shoulder (official video)
Sunrise (official video)



1 Nov – SHEFFIELD, Greystones

3 Nov – BRISTOL Folk House

4 Nov – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach

5 Nov – EXETER Phoenix

7 Nov – OXFORD Bullingdon

8 Nov – LIVERPOOL Leaf

9 Nov – KENDAL Brewery Arts Centre

10 Nov – LEEDS Wardrobe

11 Nov – FARNDALE Band Room

13 Nov – NORWICH Arts Centre

15 Nov – LONDON Borderline

16 Nov – LEWES Con Club

23 Nov - SHREWSBURY Henry Tudor House

24 Nov – MANCHESTER Band on the Wall

25 Nov – NOTTINGHAM Bodega

26 Nov – BIRMINGHAM Glee Club

28 Nov – KINROSS Backstage at the Green Hotel

29 Nov – EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms

30 Nov – STIRLING Tolbooth

1 Dec – GATESHEAD Sage

2 Dec – STROUD Marshall Rooms


For more information please contact phil@sonicpr.co.uk