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EMILY BARKER Sweetest kind of return


London-based, Bridgetown-raised local singer-songwriter done good Emily Barker heads to WA for a show at Babushka, Leederville on April 6. She is on a return trip from the UK to play a handful of shows prior to her latest album, Sweet Kind of Blue, dropping on May 19.

Barker’s new album was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with producer Matt Ross-Spang (Margo Price, Jason Isbell). Sweet Kind of Blue will be released through Everyone Sang/Kartel – it is the first full studio album Barker has released since 2013’s critically acclaimed Dear River and marks a new direction in sound as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician.

The award-winning writer and performer of the theme to BBC TV crime drama Wallander (starring Kenneth Branagh), with her former band The Red Clay Halo, Barker provided the atmospheric theme to noir thriller The Shadow Line. She has toured extensively all over the world, including an appearance at the Olympic Games opening ceremony alongside friend and collaborator Frank Turner.

Emily Barker plays Babushka in Leederville on April 6. Sweet Kind of Blue is out May 19.


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