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Emily Barker with Lukas Drinkwater

photo: Andrew King

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.

Alongside the Wallander theme, Emily has also provided the theme music to BBC TV drama The Shadow Line (which won an Ivor Novello for best TV soundtrack for series composer Martin Phipps) and has recently (in collaboration again with Martin Phipps) composed music for Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room (Sam Worthington, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld) as well as her first feature length soundtrack, for Jake Gavin’s UK road movie Hector starring Peter Mullan.

Her most recent album is a collection of solo versions of songs from her previous albums: The Toerag Sessions was recorded live to tape at London’s legendary ToeRag Studios with Grammy-winning producer Liam Watson.

Emily released three full albums with The Red Clay Halo: Despite the Snow (2008), Almanac (2011) and Dear River (2013). A newly remastered version of Despite the Snow has been pressed on 180g vinyl to coincide with the final season of Wallander.

Lukas Drinkwater is one of the most in-demand session musicians in the UK as principally a double-bass and electric-bass player, Lukas has also featured on many highly acclaimed records as a singer, guitarist, mandolinist and cellist.

Lukas has had his compositions played on radio stations around the world, including BBC Radio 2, as well as performing at some of the biggest festivals throughout Europe, featuring as a guest artist on stage with The Levellers on European tour, and headlining folk clubs as a solo artist.

Lukas is currently touring the UK with festival favourites '3 Daft Monkeys' for the release of their new album 'Of Stones & Bones'. He is also touring with BBC Folk Awards nominee - Jim Causley as a duo and has recently performed live on BBC Radio 2's Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe.



"Heartfelt songwriting… bridging the gap between folk, country and Fleetwood Mac" ~ The Times

"Emily Barker has a gift for great melodies" ~ The Guardian

"ambitious and beautifully wrought" ~ Q

"singer-songwriters are hardly an endangered species in 2013 but there should still be room for those as talented as Emily Barker" ~ Evening Standard

photo: Andrew King