Shadow Box

by Emily Barker

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about

One Christmas as a young girl, my Dutch grandfather gave me a box made of pinewood. He had made it himself. Each compartment was lined with green felt and it smelt like forest after rain. He told me it was a “shadow box” and explained that I could place small, precious keepsakes on the tiny shelves as a way of remembering moments in life. Sea shells; old coins; pebbles; wrens' feathers; a blue and white windmill pepper shaker from my Oma; a small brass dog – each room of my shadow box was soon occupied with little loves.

Putting this album together was like taking a trip up to the attic and rummaging around for a long forgotten shadow box. As though picking up each dusty ornament, I listened back to these old recordings and found myself smiling and tapping my feet, as the music propelled me back...

Most of the memories here are of times shared with the three brilliant musicians and friends who I had the honour of being in a band with for nine years: Gill Sandell, Jo Silverston and Anna Jenkins - The Red Clay Halo. There are live recordings from our biggest, sold-out headline show - at Union Chapel in London in 2012 - the show was filmed and some of the songs are on my YouTube channel - also, for the first time on CD, there are the four covers we recorded live to disc at Mark Ronson’s Zelig Studios in London - originally released on a 10” vinyl EP on Record Store Day 2014. The Rains and Every Season were recorded with Calum Malcolm and released as a digital EP along with Fields of June and Nostalgia, but up until now have only been on the German CD release of Dear River as bonus tracks.

Other tracks are ones that haven’t been available on CD before, or were originally included on compilations - all of them are songs and versions that sit on shelves in my shadow box - I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed reminiscing…

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released November 22, 2019

SONGS BENEATH THE RIVER

Performed by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

Tougher Than The Rest
Bruce Springsteen (Universal Music Publishing)

Jo Silverston: cello
Anna Jenkins: violin
Gill Sandell: accordion, backing vocals
Nat Butler: percussion
Matt Park: pedal steel
Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar

Day After Tomorrow
Tom Waits, KathleenBrennan (Universal Music Publishing)

Jo Silverston: cello, backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: violin, backing vocals
Gill Sandell: piano, backing vocals
Matt Park: pedal steel
Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
Dan Penn, Chips Moman (Screen Gems-EMI)

Jo Silverston: cello, backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: violin, backing vocals
Gill Sandell: piano, backing vocals
Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar

Easter
Patti Smith, Jay Dee Daugherty, Lenny Kaye (BMG / Warner Chappell)

Jo Silverston: cello, backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: violin, backing vocals
Gill Sandell: piano, backing vocals
Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar

Recorded at Mark Ronson’s Zelig Studios in London, 15 February 2014
Produced by Darrel Sheinman
Recorded by Joshua Blair
Assistant: Cicely Balston

Mastered by Darrel Sheinman and Peter Beckmann @ Gearbox Records


LIVE AT UNION CHAPEL

Performed by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

Nostalgia
Emily Barker (Normal Music/Domino Publishing)

Jo Silverston: cello, backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: violin, backing vocals
Gill Sandell: piano, backing vocals
Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar

Billowing Sea
Emily Barker (BMG Rights Management)

Jo Silverston: cello, backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: violin, backing vocals
Gill Sandell: flute, backing vocals
Ted Barnes: acoustic guitar
Ali Friend: double bass
Nat Butler: drums
Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar

This Is How It’s Meant To Be
Emily Barker (Normal Music/Domino Publishing)

Jo Silverston: cello, backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: violin, backing vocals
Gill Sandell: shaker, backing vocals
Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica

Pause
Emily Barker (BMG Rights Management)

Jo Silverston: backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: backing vocals
Gill Sandell: backing vocals
Emily Barker: vocals, electric guitar

Look Out For My Love
Neil Young (Sharandall Music)

Jo Silverston: cello, backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: violin, backing vocals
Gill Sandell: accordion, backing vocals
Ted Barnes: mandolin
Ali Friend: double bass
Nat Butler: drums
Emily Barker: vocals, electric guitar

Recorded live at Union Chapel, London, 21 November 2012
Engineered by Mike Silverston and Iestyn Rees
Mixed by Mike Silverston
Mastered by Howard Mills

From the FIELDS OF JUNE EP

Performed by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

The Rains
Emily Barker (Normal Music/Domino Publishing)

Jo Silverston: cello, backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: violin, backing vocals
Gill Sandell: piano, backing vocals
Emily Barker: vocals, banjo, percussion


Every Season
Emily Barker (Normal Music/Domino Publishing)

Jo Silverston: cello, backing vocals
Anna Jenkins: violin, backing vocals
Gill Sandell: piano, backing vocals
Emily Barker: vocals, electric guitar

Produced by Calum Malcolm
Recorded at Gorbals Sound, Glasgow
Mixed and mastered by Calum Malcolm

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Ewan MacColl (Harmony Music)

Performed by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

Gill Sandell: piano
Liz Jones: trumpet
Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar

Recorded at Cafe Studios in August 2010
Produced by Emily Barker and Ted Barnes
Engineered by Cherif Hashizume
Piano recorded by Ted Barnes
Mixed by Cherif Hashizume and Mark Sutherland
Mastered by Tim Turan


I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
Hank Williams (Sony/ATV Music Publishing)

Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar

Recorded at Toe Rag Studios, January 2015
Produced by Liam Watson
Mastered at Gearbox Records by Darrel Sheinman, assisted by Jonny Firth

Harbour
Emily Barker (Normal Music/Domino Publishing)

Gus Fairbairn - saxophone
Jesper Jonsson - drums
Ruben Engzell - bass
Emily Barker - vocals, guitars, piano

Recorded in October 2014
Acoustic guitar, piano and electric guitar recorded at home by Emily Barker
Vocals recorded at Ragged Moon, Stroud
Saxophone recorded by Gus Fairbairn
Drums and bass recorded by Ruben Engzell
Mixed by Ruben Engzell
Mastered by Howard Mills

Doing The Best I Can
Emily Barker (Normal Music/Domino Publishing)

Rob Pemberton: drums, backing vocals
Lachlan McLellan: bass, backing vocals
Misha Law: backing vocals
Emily Barker: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, harmonica

Recorded in June 2015
Vocals, piano and harmonica recorded by Niks Patel at Ragged Moon
Drums, bass and acoustic guitar recorded by Rob Pemberton
Electric guitar recorded by Emily Barker at home

Produced by Emily Barker
Mixed and mastered by Howard Mills

Beneath the Skin of England
Emily Barker (Normal Music/Domino Publishing)

Misha Law: violin
Dom Coyote: backing vocals
Emily Barker: vocals, bells, piano

Recorded at home and around the streets of Stroud, June 2013
Produced, engineered and mixed by Emily Barker
Mastered by Howard Mills


SHADOW BOX

Cover photography: Jake Gavin
Design: Howard Mills

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Emily Barker is the award-winning songwriter and performer of the theme to BBC TV’s Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Her music is a blend of roots influences from country to English folk via 60s pop.

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