Award winning musician Emily Barker heads to Pocklington Arts Centre soon

Emily Barker is perhaps best known as the writer and performer of the award-winning theme to BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.

Following the success of her latest album Sweet Kind of Blue with its seamless mix of soul, blues, country and folk influences, Emily won the accolade of UK Artist of the Year 2018 at the UK Americana Awards. Now Emily is heading to Pocklington Arts Centre on Thursday 1 November in what will be her penultimate UK date in her current tour, before she heads down under to her native Australia where her tour continues.

Emily said: “I’m really looking forward to heading to Pocklington Arts Centre having never played there before! I’ll be accompanied by the talented Lukas Drinkwater on double bass and guitar and Rob Pemberton on drums and bass. We’ll be playing a mix of songs from my previous albums as well as material of my latest one; Sweet Kind of Blue. We also have a brand new song up our sleeves which we’ve been really enjoying sharing.”

PAC’s director Janet Farmer added: “Emily is a true talent who has made a big impression on the world of Americana. Emily’s latest album has been attracting four-star reviews from the likes of Mojo and Q magazines, so it’s a real privilege to be able to welcome such a star to PAC for what we know will be a truly outstanding night of live music.”

Sweet Kind of Blue was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service, in Memphis with Grammy winning producer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. She has also released albums with The Red Clay Halo and Applewood Road.

Support for Emily’s PAC gig will come from her great friend, Australian singer-songwriter Jack Carty. Jack recently moved to the UK after a series of award-winning and critically acclaimed albums in his home country, announcing his arrival with sold-out shows at London’s Green Note earlier this year.

Tickets for Emily’s PAC performance on Thursday 1 November, 8pm, are £13.50, and are available from the Box Office on 01759 301547 or at