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Too Long Away [CD]

Emily Smith Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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“Surely the most impressive young instrumentalist and songwriter singing in English”****

"One of the leading artists of the contemporary folk scene"

“Clear, clean and elegant vocal style” ****

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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spit & Polish
  • ASIN: B0013LGEY6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunset Hymn
2. Caledonia
3. Audience of Souls
4. As I was a Wand'ring
5. May Colven
6. The Mermaid of Galloway
7. The Bleacher Lassie o' Kelvinhaugh
8. Come Home Pretty Bird
9. Old Mortality
10. Winter Song

Product Description


A ravishing collection of original and traditional songs -- The Sun

A voice as clear as a highland stream -- Observer Music Monthly

Album Of The Week -- Ian Anderson Show, BBC Scotland

Album of the week
-- Channel4/4music

Impressively varied and thoughtful…Smith deserves to become yet another new folk celebrity

-- The Guardian

This is an inspired and persuasive record, likely to propel Emily into the mainstream of folk acceptance without compromising her artistic integrity.
-- fROOTS June 2008

About the Artist

Dumfriesshire born singer Emily Smith first made her mark on the Scottish music scene when she won the 2002 BBC Radio Scotland s Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year Award. In the same year she formed her own band and has since toured throughout Europe and Australasia. In 2003 Emily graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with an Honours degree in Scottish music. During this time she developed her skills on piano and accordion and established her own singing style drawing on the many sources available to her.

Emily has a warm and open stage manner and these same characteristics shine through in her musicianship. Her voice blends delicacy with a surprising power and is equally alluring whether enriched by instrumental backing or unaccompanied. With an imaginative approach to instrumental arrangements she gives a contemporary edge to ancient songs.

As well as performing with her band Emily has worked with performers such as John McCusker, Karine Polwart and North Cregg. She has also been included in the acclaimed Scottish Women group featuring Scotland s top female vocalists and is a member of Scotland s folk orchestra - The Unusual Suspects.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Emily Smith is a singer~songwriter who works in the folk idiom, and is fairly traditional in her approach. My first reaction to her, some years ago, was that she has the voice of an angel. My opinion has not changed.

"too long away", her third and newest album, picks up where "A Different Life" left off. A mix of traditional songs and her own make up the album. As usual, Emily surrounds herself with some of the finest folk musicians, and careful listening will reveal subtleties in the music that reward multiple listens. Emily's voice, as always, is pure joy to listen to; she has a clarity that is mind-blowing, a scary ability to convey emotion and feeling, and vocal nuances that most professional singers would kill for. There is also a spiritual quality that flows through all of her work that is a reward unto itself. Put on the headphones, push 'start', and kick back in a comfy chair, and Emily will take you to some amazing places.

This is grand stuff, and recommended without any qualification.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars too long away cd 3 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
first heard her music on the mike harding show on bbc radio 2 programme she has a voice that sends goose bumps up your spine in particular the song called "winters song" this track is awesome as it covers every step in the winter season really haunting listen and enjoy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class folk 14 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having come across Emily Smith on the latest Transatlantic Sessions I wanted to hear more, and certainly was not disappointed. This is a CD delightful to the ear and strongly recommended to anyone who likes traditional music played and sung in a modern performance: excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Long In Discovering 30 Aug 2011
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
May I start with a confession? Until eight days ago, I hadn't heard of let alone heard Emily Smith. Were it not for my stumbling upon her spell-binding performance of "Sweet Lover of Mine", a shining jewel in an otherwise execrable programme of highlights from the Cambridge Folk festival on Sky Arts, I would still be walking in ignorance now. It took The Unthanks - another chance discovery - to persuade this committed rock fan that folk music was an interesting genre, worthy of further exploration; it took Emily Smith but a few minutes to open up a world of exquisite beauty.

As other reviewers have noted, Emily's voice has a startling, pure, crystalline quality that truly shines on the quieter, reflective songs. If you're not affected by her performance on "Audience of Souls", "The Mermaid of Galloway", "Old Mortality" or "Winter Song", book a check-up with your doctor as there is clear evidence that your heart has stopped beating. Nevertheless, for me, the highlight of an outstanding album is the driving, up-tempo folk-rocker, "May Colven", which marries her outstanding vocals to some terrific playing from her first-rate band.

I've been collecting albums for nearly 40 years. This magnificent offering is up there with the best of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Long Away - found 5 Jun 2014
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Having looked around I found this album on Amazon. It is a wonderful collection of folk music and songs by this Scottish folk artist Emily Smith. Haunting traditional sounds, lively reels and a beautiful voice. Everything promised is here on this album. I love it.
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