Emma Sweeney is a Songlines Award nominated fiddler whose roving debut album Pangea has confirmed her status as one of folk music’s rising stars. Emma’s unique style combines her trad Irish background with a fusion of world influences, drawing upon her experience of teaching music in India, and touring across Europe.
“Jaw-dropping stuff that will engage both musician and layman alike.” – UK Folk Music
Emma was born to Irish immigrants in Manchester. Her remarkable journey to date in her young career has seen her rise rapidly through the city’s revered folk scene to become an established performer on the national circuit.
“A classy debut.” - The guardianA distinguished and experienced live performer, Emma has played alongside a whole raft of traditional musicians, including Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and Mick O’Brien. She has also recently supported Paul Weller in a guest appearance with The Rails.
In a review of one of her live shows, Songlines said that “Emma’s control of the fiddle was enviable, and it really seemed an extension of her arm as she played through speedy, intricate phrases and slides with gentle ease”.
Released in January 2013 and produced by McGoldrick, Pangea brings together a diverse mixture of trad jigs and reels, fluidly blended with Emma’s own compositions. It also features a bluegrass waltz, an Indian-influenced piece and an original take on Nick Drake’s A Place to Be