Adam Holmes and The Embers

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 Americana. Twicenominated  for  BBC  Radio  2  Folk  Awards,  his  first  two  albums  were  also nominated  for  Scottish  Album  of  the  Year  in  2014  and  2017.  There’s  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). His second album, Brighter Still,  features  two-time  BRIT  award  winner  Eddi  Reader  on  backing  vocals throughout.

The latest  album,  Midnight  Milk,  was  recorded  in  one  room in  his  Edinburgh  flat. It comes 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 many others.

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Twitter: @adamholmesband


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