WINCHESTER — Emily Millard, a Canadian singer/songwriter currently based in Montreal, brings her unique blend of art-folk music to Winchester’s Old Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. ($18 at the door) this evening (Saturday, Oct. 15).
There’s still time to head over to the stage to enjoy tunes described as “inventive,” “haunting” and “beautifully ethereal.” Alchemically combining poetry with vintage keys, steel strings and found-instruments, Millard — originally from the Iroquois area — is said to “brave the space between silence and sound with her unmistakable voice.”
Over the past ten years, the artist has released four records under the moniker Miss Emily Brown. This month, she released a full-length record, By Heron & By Season, to be followed by a poetry collection sharing the same title. These come after the first release, under her birth name, of the March 2016 single “Paradise,” a collaboration with Martyn Heyne (Efterklang).
Written on a remote island on Canada’s west coast, By Heron & By Season is a colourful journey into the depths of memory and dreamscape. Produced by Sandro Perri, the album features some of Canada’s most innovative instrumentalists including violinist Jesse Zubot (Tanya Tagaq), cellist Peggy Lee (Veda Hille), drummer Dan Gaucher (Fond Of Tigers, Woodpigeon) and bassist Colin Nealis (Andy Shauf).
From the wildly percussive “Snake Charmer” to the magical musical forest of “Hunter,” By Heron & By Season — streaming exclusively on exclaim.ca — is an intimate and courageous exploration of inner and outer nature.
Millard will be accompanied in Winchester by Aerialists, a quintet who have performed at most major Canadian folk festivals with a combination of fiddle, harp, guitar, bass and drums. They’ve teamed up for a Canadian tour that began in Toronto Oct. 13.