Emily Millard celebrates the release of her new album By Heron & By Season with a special concert in collaboration with instrumental band Aerialists.
Featuring Mairi Chaimbeul on Celtic harp, Elise Boeur on violin, Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird) on guitar, Wynston Minckler on bass and Brandon Goodwin on drums, this magical band joins Emily to bring to life the musical forest of By Heron & By Season.
Over the past ten years, Emily has released four records under the moniker Miss Emily Brown. October 2016 sees the release of 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, 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 is an intimate and courageous exploration of inner and outer nature.
“Her voice is a mercurial weapon.” – exclaim!
In a world where hyphenated genres are becoming the norm, all kinds of monikers are available for a contemporary folk band – post-folk, trad-core, alt-roots. File under World, or file under Celtic? Aerialists fits best with the beautifully contradictory term prog-trad, melding their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities with a deep love for folk traditions. The quintet combines post-rock textures and trad energy to create captivating new music on fiddle, harp, guitar, bass, and drums.
As members of innovative groups Fish & Bird, Jenny Ritter Band, and Darol Anger and the Furies, members of Aerialists have toured extensively in Canada, the UK, and the US.
“Aerialists interweave Gaelic and Scandinavian folk traditions with jazz and just a hint of rock in an intoxicating blend.” – Folk Radio UK