Emily Smith (singer)

Emily Smith (born 25 May 1981) is a Scottish folk singer from Dumfries and Galloway. She went to school at Wallace Hall Academy and has a degree in Scottish music from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She is married to New Zealand-born fiddle player and guitarist Jamie McClennan.[1][2]

Emily Smith
Emily Smith, 2008
Background information
Born (1981-03-25) 25 March 1981
OriginThornhill, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
GenresCeltic, folk
InstrumentsVocals, piano, accordion
Years active2002present
LabelsCadiz Music, White Fall Records, Proper Distribution
Associated actsJamie McClennan, Darwin Song Project

Early life

Emily's childhood was spent dancing to music, rather than performing it, in her mother's dance school. She grew up assuming everyone knew how to do a highland fling and weekends were spent dancing at ceilidhs rather than nightclubs. Aged seven she started out on piano; moved onto snare drum in the local pipe band and subsequently found a passion for piano accordion, where at the age of eighteen she was National Mod champion. But it wasn't until a solo with the school choir in her late teens that Emily discovered her singing voice. She moved to Glasgow in 1999 where she gained an Honours degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. With principal study of Scots Song, she also studied accordion and piano.


Solo albums

  • A Day Like Today (2006)
  • A Different Life (2005)
  • Too Long Away (2008)
  • Adoon Winding Nith with Jamie McClennan (2009)
  • Traiveller's Joy (2011)
  • Ten Years (2013)
  • A Winters Night – EP (2014)
  • Echoes (2014)
  • Songs for Christmas (2016)

Collaborations and guest appearances

TV appearances

Recent TV appearances include:[3]



  1. Emily Smith > Biography. Retrieved on 13 February 2011.
  2. Scotland's Joni Mitchell. Retrieved on 13 February 2011.
  3. Emily Smith > Biography Archived 4 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 21 September 2011.
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