Ivor Novello award winning songwriter Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo are to release their brand new single ‘Fields Of June’ on 13th August 2012 through Xtra Mile Recordings. The track will be available to download through iTunes.
Inspired by duets such as Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris, Neil Young & Nicolette Larson, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood as well as more traditional songs as collected by archivists Alan Lomax or Harry Smith, and contemporary songs such as Johnny Cash's ‘Delia's Gone’ or ‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’ by Nick Cave and Kylie; Emily has teamed up with friend and musical peer Frank Turner, to create a wickedly dark murder ballad with a strong male and female duet at its core.
Released on limited edition White 7” vinyl, the single is backed with Emily Barker’s track ‘Nostalgia’ which features as the theme tune to Kenneth Brannagh’s television series Wallander which won her and the composer Martin Phipps a BAFTA and Royal Television Society Award for best soundtrack.
Also accompanying the single is a stunning vintage style black and white silent film video which sees Emily and her band in fine form breaking Frank’s heart and then attempting to bury him in the ground.
You can see Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo performing at a number of summer festivals across the UK as well as a headline show at the beautiful Union Chapel venue in London.
15 Larmer Tree Festival, nr Salisbury
22 Folk by the Oak, Hatfield House
27 Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, Dorset
17 Beautiful Days, nr Fairmile, Devon
23 Castle Park Old Town Festival, Leicester
25 Solfest, Cumbria
26 Towersey Festival, Towersey, Oxfordshire
9 Bestival, Isle of Wight
21 Union Chapel, London
Emily and her band first met Frank way back in 2006 when they shared a stage at Brixton’s Windmill. Shortly after this meeting, Frank invited Emily to do a solo support slot on a UK tour with him and his band The Sleeping Souls. It was on this tour that Emily and Frank first performed Fields of June as a duet during Emily's set. The friendship that was formed has seen Emily & The Red Clay Halo record on Frank's albums, support him on tours of the UK and Europe, and perform live with Frank and The Sleeping Souls on some of their biggest shows to date including Frank’s sold out Wembley Arena show in April 2012.
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo have recorded and released three albums together, Photos.Fires.Fables (2007), Despite The Snow (2009) and Almanac (2011), and have just completed the recording of a fourth album, due for release early in 2013.
“This is a dream of a record. A new Marling, then? No, Barker offers something else..." - BBC Music editor’s choice Feb 2011 (Almanac)
“Stripped free of studio frippery and all the better for its carefree simplicity” **** - Q Magazine (on "Despite The Snow")