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Traiveller's Joy

24 Jan 2010

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  Song Title
Traiveller's Joy
Take You Home
Dreams of Lullabies
Sweet Lover of Mine
Still We Dance On
Waltzings for Dreamers
Roll On Lovely Doon
Gypsy Davy
Lord Donald
Somewhere Along the Road
What a Voice

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 24 Jan 2010
  • Label: White Fall Records
  • Copyright: 2011 White Fall Records
  • Total Length: 49:36
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  • ASIN: B004H2VLNW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,225 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely album 18 Jan 2011
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Emily has maintained the high quality of her output with this fine release. Crystal clear clarity, a very sweet voice, an emphasis on melody and ideal musical backing will easily cement her reputation and win new fans. I must confess to being a sucker for Scottish accents and tend to prefer her more "traditional" sounding songs.

This album has a theme running through which concerns travelling and many of the songs were actually written abroad. She also makes more use of international musicians (eg Stuart Duncan) so from time to time there are country or bluegrass influences like in "Take you Home". There is a pleasing mix of tempos and Emily does a number of cover versions like "Waltzing's for Dreamers",the rollicking "Gypsy Davy" and "Somewhere along the Road" where for me she does not quite reach the standard set by Cathie Ryan on her album of the same name. She again finishes with an unaccompanied track - a policy often followed by fellow Scot Julie Fowlis.

So there are a number of subtle developments evident on this recording but I would like to see Emily branch into some more challenging topics, as folk shouldn't always be easy listening. It's only a minor point of opinion but I'd like to see her tackle some material with more depth or bite like compatriot Karine Polwart (a superior writer) often comes up with. "Lord Donald" is a good move in this direction.

Rest assured if you're already a fan this record is well up to standard and even if not quite reaching the heights of "Too Long Away" will grace any collection !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waltzings For Dreamers 13 April 2012
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I bought this lovely album after hearing the track ' Sweet Lover Of Mine ' and it was only after that did I discover that Emily Smith had done a fabulous cover of the superb Richard Thompson song ' Waltzings For Dreamers ', one of my all time favourite songs from RT's vast and first class reportoire.Besides from that, this whole album has a great feel to it with great contributions in particular from Alan Doherty on flute and Stuart Duncan on fiddle.A really fresh and enjoyable listen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 24 Jan 2011
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This album really shows Emily at her best. Very much enjoying every track - lots of variety. Great vocals, great musicians - what more could you want?! If you have never heard Emily before, now's the time to start!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invigorating folk album, highly recommended. 24 Jan 2011
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Such a beautiful album!

This is Emily's fourth solo album and for me it's her best by far. The overall production of the album has me in mind of some of my favourite American roots and bluegrass artists (Alison Krauss).

Emily is more often than not characterised as a Scottish traditional singer, but there is definitely more to her than this. From the strength of this album I would say she is following in the footsteps of the new wave of popular folk south of the border.

The title track, Traiveller's Joy, (the Scots word for Traveller) is lively and punchy, the whistle and percussion setting the groove and perfectly complemented by a soaring fiddle line and of course, sublime vocals from Emily. It really sets the tone for the rest of the album which never fails to delight.

There are so many great tracks on this album, my favourites being Sweet Lover of Mine, a joyous catchy song that I can't help singing along to, with a catchy flute riff and a toe tapping rhythm. Gypsy Davy - a groovy reworking of the well known traditional song, Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Alan Doherty's whistle solos have to be heard to be believed! And Emily's own songs, Take You Home and Butterfly featuring again the virtuoso fiddle playing of Nashville's Stuart Duncan, who I've been a fan of for some years.

It seems a rare coup indeed for Emily to have Stuart on the album, but after seeing them together on Transatlantic Sessions 4 I presume that's where they hit it off.
(for those who don't know, Stuart's won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Bluegrass Album, was the 5 time winner of the Academy of Country Music Fiddle Player of the Year...He's something of a legend among fiddle players.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars voice of an angel 17 Feb 2013
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The voice of an angel and the looks to match a superb album beautiful interpretations of songs both self penned and traditional
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous voice! 19 Feb 2011
By ik_49
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Emily Smith's superb voice together with the wonderful mix of flutes, strings and percussion really make this an album worth buying. It's hardly been off of my i-pod since I purchased it. It's hard to imagine delivery as crystal clear as this. The version of Richard Thompson's Waltzing for Dreamers can't be beaten and the title track is a gem. Emily really shows the power of her voice to fine effect in the final track 'The Voice' with no musical backing. I think it important to add that there are no weak tracks or fillers on this wonderful album. I would love to catch her on tour!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Scottish cracker ! 12 Feb 2011
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Emily's voice is so clear and beautiful, like a Highland stream ! I bought her first album prior to seeing her at a folk festival and I've been hooked ever since. As with Too Long Away, this is a blend of traditional folk and Emily's own compositions which will no doubt have broader appeal. I hope so, she deserves acclaim well beyond the folk scene and is so much better than much of the so called classy female pop fare we are served up on the radio day after day.

The version of Richard Thompson's Waltzing's for Dreamers is simply gorgeous. Saw her doing many of these tracks live only last night and the good thing is that the CD is not over produced so that it does the live renditions justice. If you heard Emily on Radio London only this morning and thought, mmm I'm not a folky but might give that a go, do, you will not be be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to listen to.
Lovely songs again. I was going to buy this CD and Echoes at Emily`s concert, but I must say they were somewhat cheaper over Amazon! Read more
Published 9 days ago by LJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Clarity
Great singing and playing with great clarity.

A good example of Scottish contemporary folk from the south west.

Looking forward to the next one
Published 19 days ago by Robert Thom
1.0 out of 5 stars This is awful!
The song selection (I have not bothered to check who wrote them) is appalling.

Listen to track 2 "Take You Home". All the others are almost as bad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars A sheer Joy
Emily has a beautiful voice and this album gets played, on and on and on. It is a sheer joy to listen to. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars From The Top Drawer
The best album so far from Emily. Her clear and melodious voice breathes life into every track, and they are all superb songs. Traiveller's Joy is a listening joy.
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by dands
5.0 out of 5 stars Something new
I totally agree with the reviewer who spoke of the crystal clarity of Emily Smith's voice. I found this CD quite by accident, and instantly when I heard the samples on line I knew... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2011 by Amandine
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD
Yet another wonderfull CD from Emily Smith.
The highlight for me was Richard Thompson's Waltzing's for Dreamers. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by Dewi Griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening Joy
I bought this album as I had heard Emily Smith a couple of times on the Mike Harding show on Radio 2 and loved the sweet sound of her voice. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by Alan J. Barnett
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