Emily gets nostalgic

Emily Barker
Emily Barker

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When Emily Barker’s song, Nostalgia, was chosen as the theme music for Wallander, she could never have guessed what a huge boost to her music career it would be.

The Australian folk songstress went on to win a BAFTA for her part in the success story that is Kenneth Brannagh’s hit detective series.

She says: ‘It has certainly bought me a wider audience. The series had over six million viewers and it seems to have become something of a cult classic.

‘We have sold a lot of records given we’re an independent outfit (I release the albums on my own label, ‘Everyone Sang’).

‘Almost every gig we do now there are a bunch of people there who have become fans through seeing Wallander. It’s every independent artist’s dream come true.’

Emily was over the moon when the music for Wallander won a BAFTA, although she could not attend the ceremony because she was at home in Australia.

‘I did, however, attend the Royal Television Awards in which I won Best Title Music. So it was all very exciting and quite ironic to win TV awards given that I’ve never owned a television in my life!’ she laughs.

Now based in the UK, Emily has a new album out with her band, The Red Clay Halo.

She says: ‘Almanac is a big step away from the bare, exposed production of our previous album Despite the Snow. It is much fuller in sound, even anthemic in places! There are lots of four-part harmonies and luscious string sections.’

She last performed in the area with a gig in Petersfield in May and she was at The Cellars at Eastney in March 2009.

She returns to The Cellars tonight and she’s looking forward to it. ‘It has a lovely atmosphere, dark and cosy,’ she explains.

You can expect to hear more new material with The Red Clay Halo and as part of Vena Portae with Dom Coyote, at summer festivals.

Tickets to tonight’s show cost £9 on the door or £8 in advance from (023) 9282 6249 of thecellars.co.uk.