- Southsea Folk And Roots Festival 2002 - The Albert Tavern, South Parade Pier - Sat 31st Aug Afternoon
- Southsea Folk And Roots Festival 2002 - The Gaiety Suite, South Parade Pier, supporting Show Of Hands - Sat 31st Aug Afternoon
Emily Slade - one of Hertfordshire's best kept secrets - is a glowing example of vocal
versatility and awesome musicianship. This young singer-guitarist is rapidly generating
a healthy reputation for herself on the British folk scene. Emily's parents run one of
Britain's longest standing folk clubs. Some of Emily's earliest memories are of her
home being filled by folk greats such as Martin Carthy, Hamish Imlach, Alex Campbell,
Richard Digance, The Tannahill Weavers, Johnny Silvo and Allan Taylor.
At the age of eight she began lessons and from her many musical influences has
developed an individual guitar style that moves through folk, blues and classical tones.
Emily studied English and Education at Cambridge University. Her obsession with
literature soon caused a shift in her musical focus towards songwriting. Still
developing in style, her carefully observed lyrics are intelligent and subtly witty.
Her own songs are outstanding, being extremely literate and well crafted examples of
contemporary writing. Emily is a versatile guitarist and singer, with an expressive
voice, soaked in character and soul. Her choice of material ranges from haunting
renditions of traditional folk to the gutsy, hard-hitting style of her own compositions.
Her relaxed, chatty introductions captivate her audiences wherever she plays.
She was a revelation at last year's Southsea Folk Festival, and the first act to be
booked to appear at this year's festival! Don't miss her this year, whatever
"Like an unstable chemical reaction, keep your eye on Emily. She will reappear doing
something stunning at any time."
"Folk on Tap" Magazine