Adam Holmes and The Embers plus Baskery
Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot.
27-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter Adam Holmes is one of the brightest
rising stars on the UK roots music scene, with influences from either side of the
Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of soul and
Twice nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, his first two albums were also
nominated for Scottish Album of the Year in 2014 and 2017, and there is much
anticipation as to whether he can make it three in a row this year with third album
Midnight Milk, which was released in September 2017.
His first album, Heirs and Graces, was produced by John Wood (producer of all Nick
Drake’s albums and John Martyn’s iconic Solid Air album) and mastered by Simon
Heyworth (co-producer of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells) and second album, Brighter
Still, features two-time BRIT award winner Eddi Reader on backing vocals
Latest album Midnight Milk was recorded in one room in his Edinburgh flat, but
came complete with full brass section, an eighteen voice choir and a widescreen
folk/soul/electronica production, which was influenced by a 2016 collaboration he
was involved in with Adrian Utley of Portishead, Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai and
Martin Green of Lau.
Live, he and his band the Embers combine the rhythm and blues, country and folk
music textures of classic artists such as The Band, Tom Petty and The Heartbeakers
and Ryan Adams and The Cardinals with their own hint of Scotland.
They have featured widely on live sessions for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3, BBC
Scotland, Edith Bowman’s BBC Scotland Quay Sessions show and Virgin Radio,
amongst many others, and are regulars on the UK and European festival and touring
circuit, having shared bills with the likes of Laura Marling, Van Morrison, Richard
Thompson, Jason Isbell, The Avett Brothers, Sturgill Simpson and Chvrches amongst
Baskery: The three sisters can't recall when or why they started playing, the music’s always just been
there. In their late teens, the sisters joined forces with their dad, who for decades was a
one man band playing old blues and country tunes for a living.
This foundation of classic "roots music and Americana" settled in their hearts, but also
awoke the urge of breaking the rules of traditional music. Baskery is a band built on what
three people can do together and it's all about turning the music on its head, blending the
straightforwardness of punk with the subtlety of singer/ songwriting.
All three albums received great acclaim by the press and are released in numerous
countries. The releases in combination with relentless touring have given the band a
reputation as one of the music scene's most noticeable live acts.
Since the very beginning of Baskery the sisters have guarded their independence but when
approached by Dan McCarroll (President and A&R) at Warner Music , they felt intrigued to
break their indie tradition and make their next record on a major label. In August 2014 they
signed a world wide recording deal with Warner Bros Music (Los Angeles). Baskery is one of
few Swedish acts to get signed directly to a US major record company.
Baskery has successfully toured all over the world, performing at festivals such as
Glastonbury (UK), SXSW (US), Colours of Ostrava
(CZ), Portland Waterfront Blues Festival (US), California World Fest (US), Four
Corners Folk Festival , (US), Winnipeg Folk Festival (CA), Calgary Folk Festival (CA),
Woodford Folk Festival (AUS), Peace and Love (SE), Storsjöyran (SWE), Lowlands
(NL), Azkena Rock (ES), Bergen Fest (NOR), Toender (DK).
In 2015 the band toured in Europe and North America, performing with legendary artist
Robbie Williams . The girls have toured with Gary Clark Jr , and Brandi Carlile , earning
critical acclaim from Q magazine , Mojo magazine , Uncut magazine , and many more.