I signed up during last summer through Pledge Music to support the third album from Emily Barker & Red Clay Halo (Anna Jenkins, Jo Silverston and Gill Sandell), Almanac arrived around six months later and was well worth waiting for, I’m not a huge telly fan and at this risk of sounding a snob about it – a lot of what passes for entertainment these days makes my brow furrow, every now though something comes along that’s worth investing time in, which brings me back to Almanac and the third single from the album Pause a version of which has been used as the theme tune to the BBC’s excellent seven part drama The Shadow Line.
The back story to the track is that UK based Aussie Emily wrote it when back in her childhood home on the other side of the world in Bridgetown, WA, it’s a song about “exhaustion, a longing to slow down and the importance of taking time out to be with loved ones. It’s also about the depth of love you can feel for someone” and its one of the many highlights of Almanac, gathering together the wonderful harmonies of The Red Clay Halo and blending in the reverent sound of a pipe organ, played by Gill Sandell and recorded in a single take at the Royal Festival Hall – despite her having never played the instrument before.
It’s the second time one of the bands tracks has made it to TV, and I suspect not the last.
There’s a tour currently in progress and you can catch the band at the following venues over the summer.
29th May- Tarvin Community Centre, Chester
11th June- Arctic Circle ‘Monsters & Fairytales’, Kings Place, London
12th June- Old Gateshead Town Hall, Newcastle
16th June- The Prince Albert, Rodborough
17th June- St. Edith’s Club, Kemsing
18th June- Square & Compass, Worth Matravers
6th July- City of London Festival, Guildhall Yard
17th July- City of London Festival, Canada Square Park
6/7th August, Traquair Fair, Innerleithen
19th August, Greenman