Emmy's the Greatest
By Ciara Johnson
Thursday 02 Jun 2011 10:59:00
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Critically acclaimed folk singer Emmy The Great will be heading to Stockton’s The Georgian Theatre this September as she heads across the U.K with her latest album, Virtue, out on 13 June.


Emmy, real name Emma-Lee Moss, is originally from Hong Kong and migrated to the U.K. with her family at the age of 12. She was initially a member of the indie folk group Lightspeed Champion, performing as their vocalist for a brief period in 2007 alongside Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine).


She then started work as a solo artist and adopted the nickname Emmy the Great, which she says came about when "I wanted to be a backing singer and I wanted to have something to hand to people... ‘Emmy’ is a name they called me at university, which I hated, and ‘the Great’ I added on because I hated ‘Emmy’ so much."


Her debut album, First Love, was released in 2009 and garnered her mass critical acclaim, as well as many comparisons to Laura Marling; comparisons that still stick today.


Her new offering, Virtue, was written and recorded under very different circumstances to her first. It began as a series of stories Emmy embarked on after her engagement to an atheist, but took on a very different shape when he left her for the church.


‘She’s so wry, she’s practically Wry-an Adams.’ 8/10, Vice on Virtue


Noted for her evocative and thought-provoking lyrics, and her inventive way with rhyme, her live performances have bags of vulnerability and sass in equal measures.


‘Moss’ acid confessionals have always felt more interesting than Marling’s folk fairytales, and so it proves here.’ 4/5, Uncut on Virtue


This announcement follows another big name musician heading to the venue as U.S folk singer Willy Mason will be stopping off at The Georgian in August.


Best known for his hit single Oxygen and critically albums Where The Humans Eat and If The Ocean Gets Rough; Mason has been called 'the next generation of Americana' by Uncut.


His UK shows are notorious for singing along, with him playing to people that know every word of his impassioned and uplifting take on traditional bloke and guitar songwriting. Support comes LENO, a rare solo outing from Young Rebel Set guitarist, Andy Parmley. Tickets are already selling fast so advanced booking is highly recommended.


'Masterful and poignant, it reveals Mason to be a heavyweight talent.' Q Magazine on If The Ocean Gets Rough.


Tickets go on sale on for Emmy the Great Friday 3rd June, and can tickets can be purchased from www.georgiantheatre.co.uk  See tickets or call 01642 674115.


• Emmy the Great, Saturday 24 September, 8pm, £12.50 ADV/£14.50 OTD.

• Loosely Acoustic Special: Willy Mason, Saturday 27 August, 8pm, £10 ADV/£12 OTD.


Book tickets online at www.georgiantheatre.co.uk or call 01642 674115.


(photo copyright Alex Lake)


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