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January 2010: This year has a special significance for us, as it marks our tenth year of being a two-headed lady called Ember.  Naturally we are both feeling a bit philosophical as the anniversary approaches -- perhaps we haven’t achieved everything we dreamed of in the beginning (including a plan to open a youth hostel in Granada, Andalucia!), but it can’t be denied that music has provided us with some amazing experiences over the years.

Not that we’ve had much time for reminiscing lately; since discovering the possibilities of Garageband and home recording, we have been steadily laying down tracks during the last two months, culminating in a frenzy of mixing, mastering and artwork decisions in late January.  “Full Circle” will be our fifth album, and should be available in time for our 10-year anniversary celebrations on February 12th and 14th (see dates page for details).

We were both struck, once again, by the magic of recording – once you get into the rhythm of this kind of creation, it’s almost a disappointment when then album is finished and sent away to be pressed!  But now that we have a  couple of decent microphones (Rode NT1A and C-1000 to be precise) and an interface, it’s likely that each of us will be involved in ongoing recording projects – whether together or separately.  So many possibilities!

Autumn 2009: 
Our Autumn tour included some of our favourite venues.  Glastonbury’s Fabulous Furry Folk night was as much fun as ever, and then we had a blast sharing a stage with KTB in Priddy, Somerset. Susie and Richard put on a fabulous evening for us in the village hall, and the legendary Chris and Denny turned up for a spontaneous late-night session.  It’s times like these that make the somewhat unsettled life of an itinerant musician seem worthwhile.

Summer 2009:  
Perhaps it was not as romantic as boxcar travel, but we caught some of the thrill of the old tracks as we travelled by train from New York all the way to San Francisco, with stops in Brooklyn, Washington DC, Denver, Boulder and of course Salt Lake City.  You can bet we sang the train song with extra gusto on this trip, and we also enjoyed belting out Woody Guthrie’s Do Re Mi to unsuspecting American audiences . . . “California is a garden of Eden/ It’s a paradise to live in or see/ But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot/ If you ain’t got that do re mi.”  Ain’t that the truth, ol’ buddy.

Spring 2009: 
March saw the release of our friend Barbara’s book “Babs2Brisbane,” a chronicle of her near-heroic efforts to get to Australia over land and sea. . . just in time to be a bridesmaid for an old friend!  We were happy to sing at her release party, and glad people like Babs are calling attention to the need for all of us to think about limiting our airflights.  In May we wished a fond farewell to Whitby’s “Moor & Coast Festival,” which has been one of our favourites over the years.  Let’s hope it was just a bluff, and that Chris and Glen will revive this springtime gem next year.

December 2008:  This month saw us gigging accompanied by Duncan Bamford on drums - he's not just a good photographer and great designer!  The positive feedback was overwhelming, so we hope to do a lot more concerts with Duncan in the UK next year.  We have some international plans for 2009, including a tour in the Netherlands in early April, and a Summer tour in the U.S.  Have already arranged some house concerts for this time. . . looking forward to travelling by train across the plains.  And shhhhh - we are secretly making plans for a new album!

25th October 2008: Our music video for Storm, filmed by Giles Thaxton, premieres at the Pink Snowball Awards in Machynlleth, and takes 2nd place in the open competition.  The video can be seen on YouTube. Watch it here!

August 2008:  Our first appearances at Cambridge Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Week.  What an experience!

July 2008:  Neil Fatea includes our song Nickel and Dime on his Duo Showcase Compilation.

Summer 2008: A great review in “Musician” Magazine, which refers to an “expansive, harmony-drenched album.”

June 2008: “Glowing in the Wind,” is the title of Taplas Magazine’s two-page spread on Ember’s music and biography.

March 2008:  Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine includes our song Storm on the covermount CD.

February 2008:  Official release of our fourth CD Open All the Doors.  Picked up by Proper Distribution,  the album will now be available on the high street.  The review in Properganda Magazine calls it “acoustic magic,” and predicts that “this fabulous disc will ‘open all the doors’ for Ember.”


6th September 2007

Hello! We have finished recording and mixing our new CD!!!

You can hear four tracks on our Myspace page  :)

With the help of some excellent musicians, Open All The Doors has been born.

It's a deliciously full sound! The thirteen songs include Spade & the Hoe (the gardening song), Mama Don't Worry, Far From Home, A Ei Di'r Deryn Du (Welsh trad.), Storm Song, Blood & Gold (from the singing of Maddy Prior/June Tabor on the Silly Sisters album) and a clutch of new songs we've never shared with anyone!

If you'd like to order a copy for £12 incl. postage, please go to our music page, where you can also read a bit about the featured musicians and their instruments!


7th June 2007

Hello, lovely Dandelion-Heads!  We have been heavily rehearsing as of late, in between bouts of making elderflower champagne and worrying the basil.  Our recent song-writing retreat provided us with two or three new songs, and we can hardly wait to present them to you!

 All of this work is being done with a view to recording a new album sometime in the coming months, with the help of Job the magical percussionist, and other special guests.  We’re hoping one of those guests will be an as-yet-unidentified banjo player, since a kind audience member recently pointed out that “Spade and the Hoe” would be great with the twang of a banjo!  Nominations are being accepted. . .

 We are also keeping our ears open for recommendations of a good sound engineer and/or studio in which to record.  Ideally we’d like to start work as early as August, but can wait until October if necessary.

 We’re looking forward to a summer full of festival fun – maybe see you at one of them. . .


15th November 2006

The last few gigs of the season are upon us now, and we're excited to be sharing the bill with some of our favourite musicians:
Saturday November 18th we welcome Emma and the Professor with Tom Leary to play here in Machynlleth at the Owain Glyndwr Centre (above the old tourist info centre) at 7:30 pm. Emma's voice is enough to send shivers up your spine, with her yodelling and beautiful arrangements of old songs; Mark's bodhran playing is like a ticking bomb, and Tom Leary's one of the finest fiddlers on the scene.  It's going to be a fun evening: come along and bring your own drinks!
Sunday November 26th we'll play at Kitchen Garden Cafe, with the lovely KTB and her band in Birmingham.  Come early as KTB's liable to sell out the house.
The other gigs are listed on the dates page, so check it out.
Things we are looking forward to:  another fabulous festival season next year (thanks to everybody who made this year so wonderful, by the way!). . . recording a new album with Job Verweijen and his Dutch posse . . .  welcoming Job back to Wales in the summer for more foot-stomping gigs. . . and generally playing lots of music and meeting up with you lot again.
May you have a lovely winter.  Pray/meditate/sing/shout/cross your fingers for peace around the world, and we will too.  Stay in touch until we meet again. . .
R and E
Thursday 24th August 2006
Our two months with Job were very successful - he's gone back to spend time with his baby (nicknamed Monster!) and lovely girlfriend Barbara in Holland. Thanks, Job, for all your good work! We've been talking about making a new album with Job and other guest musicians in the coming 9 months (our own kind of baby Monster!) - we're all really excited about it.
Just to let you know, our Myspace page is fully functional now (Emily's confessed to being a Myspace addict...) at www.myspace.com/embersong - please come and visit us and listen to a song or two. And become our friend! We like friends.
Oh, and maybe you can help us out - Rebecca's looking for a second-hand full-bodied electro-acoustic steel string guitar - she has a Takamine to trade! Emily's looking for a second-hand bouzouki and a piano accordion (but one that is NOT TOO BIG!)...
Monday 24th July 2006
The summer is going exceedingly well!  We're enjoying the festivals; listening to some wonderful music, soaking up the sunshine and the real ale!  We've met some lovely people ;)
We've sent our new CD 'Spark' to some good folky/acoustic radio programs, and invite you to request our songs:
BBC Radio 2   Mon-Thurs 10.30pm-midnight: Mark Radcliffe
 or SMS 88291 or phone 0161 244 4193
or email mark.radcliffe@bbc.co.uk
BBC Radio 2 Wed 7.00pm-10.00pm: Nick Barraclough
or phone 01233 244 544 or email  nick@smoothoperations.com
BBC Radio 2  Wed 8.00pm-9.00pm: Mike Harding Show
or phone 01457 873 752 or email  mike.harding@bbc.co.uk
BBC Radio Wales  Sat 10.00pm-1.00am: Frank Hennessy "Celtic Heartbeat"
BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Stoke and BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester
8.00pm every Sunday:  Genevieve Tudor
Email Genevieve at genevieve.tudor@bbc.co.uk
BBC Radio Shropshire  Thurs 7.00pm-9.00pm: Nonny James "Fretworks"
Email Nonny at:  nonny.james@bbc.co.uk
BBC Radio Gloucestershire  Sun 3.00pm-4.00pm: Johnny Coppin
Radio Maldwyn (Newtown area) Mon 8.00pm-10.00pm
John and Yvonne Hart "Harts of Folk"
Studio line: 01686 623 555
General email: radio@magic756.net
Radio Pembrokeshire Sun afternoon/evening:  BB Skone
 Phone 01834 869 384
Radio Ceredigion (Aberystwyth)
 Phone 01970 627 999
Cheers! We're really grateful for your support!!!
Monday 26th June 2006
We have been joined by our wonderful Dutch percussionist Job Verweijen who will be playing with us for two months - July and August - read more about him here! We met him at One World Camp last summer and hooked up with him in Holland this spring where we had the pleasure of performing with him at several theatres and folk venues. The combined sound went down a storm! Emma Bryden our cellist will also be joining us and Job at several festivals and gigs for these two months - we hope you enjoy the direction our music is taking! We are hoping to start recording a demo soon (with Job and Emma) which may pave the way to a new album - we hope to be able to take our time on this one.
Read the 'Spark' Review on NetRhythms!
Review 'Spark' yourself on our CD Baby page!

Friday 7th April 2006

Bedankt, bedankt, bedankt!

We want to thank everyone who came out to hear us play this March and April in the Netherlands!  Thanks also to the kind people who looked after us at the venues; you really are wonderful.  We had a great time meeting fellow acoustic music lovers, and saw some new sights, such as the wide open spaces and beautiful/ramshackle mansions in Groningen area.  Thankfully, we didn’t eat too many Bosche ballen or slagroom soezens on this tour, but we are still making our way through a kilo of passeitjes!  Thanks a lot, Henny!  A special thank you to John de Looy (and family) for being such a marvellous “merchandise manager,” as well as a friend.  We look forward to seeing you all again in November 2007!  Dooie!!!


14th February 2006 - Valentine's Day, and Ember's 6 year anniversary!

Well, it's been a long journey from our first meeting in a ramshackle hostel  in Barcelona to our glamorous (ahem) lives in Machynlleth today! We have news for you - the NEW CD is ready! Extracts from all of the songs on 'Spark' can be downloaded from our music page, and you can purchase your copy by using paypal (which is remarkably easy to use) or by sending a cheque for £12 (email us to find out how). Our first and second albums, 'Winejig' and 'Land Under Water', are still available from the website or from us in person at gigs, although we may not carry 'Winejig' around with us now that we have 'Spark'. We're not weight lifters, you know.

Also we have a busy summer of festivals ahead, so do check out our dates page (we promise to keep it as up to date as we can!) and see if we're going to be anywhere near you! If we don't seem to be coming your way then feel free to send us details of venues which you think would be appropriate for our music, we are always interested to find out about new and welcoming places to play.

Thanks for visiting the website, we hope to see you soon!

For more information contact Emily or Rebecca: ember@embersong.com

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