Coming Up:

Emily Smith, Songs For Christmas, National Centre for Early Music, York, December 18

SCOTTISH singer Emily Smith is returning to the road with her Songs For Christmas show, now in its eighth year.

This BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and Scots Singer of the Year winner and BBC

Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee has toured all over the world.

Alongside her 15-year solo career, she has collaborated with the stellar likes of Richard Thompson, Barbara Dickson, Jerry Douglas and Mary Chapin Carpenter and appeared on BBC Four’s Transatlantic Sessions and BBC One’s Songs Of

Praise Christmas Special

The tour’s accompanying album, 2016's Songs For Christmas, is a beautifully crafted collection of original and traditional material drawn from Emily’s folk background. The result is a set of songs that inspires and celebrates Christmas and the winter season.

At her festive shows, audiences are invited to sing along with traditional carols, tap their toes to upbeat instrumentals and close their eyes to let Emily’s voice help them dwell on the joy and peace that Christmas can bring.

Joining Emily for her fifth visit to the NCEM will be Jamie McClennan and Anna Massie, guitars, fiddles and vocals, and Ross Hamilton, bass and vocals.

Tickets for this moving, family-friendly 7.30pm concert cost £17, concessions £15, under 35s £5, on 01904 658338 or at