ADAM HOLMES AND THE EMBERS - Album 'Brighter Still' June 10th + UK Shows
From the people that brought us Lau, Joan As Police Woman, Kris Drever, Eddi Reader et al, Adam Holmes and The Embers highly anticipated new album, ‘Brighter Still’, will be released by Gogar Records on Friday June 10th 2016 featuring nine songs, including the new single ‘People Come/People Go’.
A 25 year old Edinburgh-native, Adam Holmes is currently on the road as a featured singer on John McCusker’s tour - playing on stage with a host of musicians including Graham Coxon and Andy Cutting. Headline shows in Glasgow and London follow in June and September as well as an appearance at the Edinburgh International Festival as part of Martin Green’s Flit show alongside members of Lau, Mogwai, Portishead and The Unthanks.
Adam’s musical education began in the infamous folk clubs of Edinburgh – Sandy Bell’s and The Royal Oak – taken along by his mother, a huge fan of UK folk music, he witnessed the legendary live sessions that took place. His father’s influence was equally strong, a love of classic American singer songwriters (notably Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt) which he passed onto to his son, now evident in the transatlantic quality to Adam’s music.
Adam Holmes and The Embers debut album, ‘Heirs and Graces’ was released to much acclaim in early 2014 and immediately achieved a Scottish Album of the Year nomination. Produced by John Wood (John Martyn, Nick Drake, Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, Pink Floyd) it followed a stint working on building sites by day, playing in folk clubs at night before a string of award nominations from the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition to Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and then Best Up and Coming Artist at The Scottish Traditional Music Awards, all recognising a rising star on the UK folk scene. Live sessions for BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland soon followed.
Two years on, the new album, ‘Brighter Still’ is eagerly anticipated by folk fans and critics alike, but its combination of haunting melodies, honest lyrics and Adam’s captivating voice will undoubtedly resonate with a wider audience. The first single from the album is ‘People Come / People Go’, written on a train journey, its words of comfort for a fellow traveler make it a beguiling song of hope and encouragement.
Live, Adam Holmes and The Embers combine the rhythm and blues, country and folk music textures of classic artists such as The Band, Neil Young and Ryan Adams and The Cardinals - last year they played a sell-out show at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre as part of Celtic Connections and at the long-running Tønder Festival in Denmark where Adam closed the festival singing with John Prine.
Adam is a featured singer on John McCusker’s Anniversary Tour in April and May, including a show at Cecil Sharp House London on April 28th, before he begins his own headline tour and plays festival shows throughout the summer:
3rd Ullapool The Ceilidh Place
4th Inverness Brew at the Bog Festival
8th Aberdeen The Blue Lamp
9th Glasgow CCA (album launch show)
10th Stirling The Tolbooth
24th Hagen, Germany Stadthalle
25th - 28th Tønder Festival, Denmark
31st London The Green Note
[+ Edinburgh International Festival – 2 x shows with Flit by Martin Green of Lau and members of Portishead, Mogwai and The Unthanks - this show will tour the UK in October]
2nd Stroud The Convent
3rd Trelawnyd Trelawnyd Hall