• Emmy The Great / Bishi (The Cuban Embassy, Birmingham)

  • Fri, 31-05-2019 at 19:00
  • The Cuban Embassy - Bulls Head
    23 St Mary's Row
    B13 8HW Birmingham
Emmy The Great / Bishi (The Cuban Embassy, Birmingham) - The Cuban Embassy - Bulls Head - Birmingham

Birmingham Promoters presents:EMMY THE GREAT + SPECIAL GUESTSAges 18+www.birminghampromoters.com----------Emmy The Great’s debut album First Love will be re-issued on vinyl on June 14th, preceded by a UK-wide tour to mark its tenth anniversary. The album will be accompanied by new liner notes by Emmy.It was an era of Myspace and indie-bands with strict haircuts. A handful of scratchy demos in home-made packaging began appearing around London venues, on tube seats and in between pages in second-hand bookstores. These were the first recordings by Emmy the Great, born Emma-Lee Moss. Emerging as part of the early-2000’s London singer-songwriter boom, she soon established herself as an original voice, her songs made of long, lyric-heavy stories wrapped around acoustic guitars barely played in tune.First Love, recorded in Lancashire in the late spring of 2008 and released the following February, came to soundtrack an innocent age of early Internet. A break-up album, it channeled a young woman’s heartache through fictional vignettes, set against pastoral scenes - an imagined English landscape, green and hopeful that Moss describes as ‘the England of my dreams’. The first single, We Almost Had a Baby, told the story of a lingering connection between ex-lovers, backed by sha-lala girl-group vocals. Meanwhile, title track First Love was a homage to Leonard Cohen named for a Samuel Beckett novella - the ultimate expression of her penchant for literary allusions and the dropped names of musical heroes.WATCH: https://youtu.be/8dS8uy5fwfs----------Bishi, who was born in London of Bengali heritage, received musical training in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles. Her collaborators have included Sean Ono Lennon, Nick Knight, Julien Temple and many more, and she is the co-founder of WiTCH (The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub). Her albums are Nights at the Circus and Albion Voice.Emmy says "When I heard BISHI’s Albion Voice for the first time, I discovered that I am not alone. Her work is daringly cross-cultural, yet rooted very much in the history and folklore that we both love. She proves what I wanted to say ten years ago - that we make our own definitions of what it means to be British. It does not surprise me that both BISHI and I have contributed to Nikesh Shukla’s The Good Immigrant network."LISTEN: https://bit.ly/2FPMCt4