Emily Barker in Wallander's chair

Emily Barker is the award-winning songwriter and performer of the theme to BBC TV’s Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Her music is a blend of roots influences from country to English folk via 60s pop.

Alongside the Wallander theme, Emily has also provided the theme music to BBC TV drama The Shadow Line (which won an Ivor Novello for best TV soundtrack for series composer Martin Phipps) and has recently (in collaboration again with Martin Phipps) composed music for Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room (Sam Worthington, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld) as well as her first feature length soundtrack, for Jake Gavin’s UK road movie Hector starring Peter Mullan.

Her most recent album is a collection of solo versions of songs from her previous albums: The Toerag Sessions was recorded live to tape at London’s legendary ToeRag Studios with Grammy-winning producer Liam Watson.

Emily released three full albums with The Red Clay Halo: Despite the Snow (2008), Almanac (2011) and Dear River (2013). A newly remastered version of Despite the Snow has been pressed on 180g vinyl to coincide with the final season of Wallander.

‘Heartfelt songwriting… bridging the gap between folk, country and Fleetwood Mac’ The Times
‘Emily Barker has a gift for great melodies’ The Guardian
‘ambitious and beautifully wrought’ Q
‘singer-songwriters are hardly an endangered species in 2013 but there should still be room for those as talented as Emily Barker’ Evening Standard

Applewood Road

Emily Barker
Vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica
Amber Rubarth
Vocals, guitar, bass, piano
Amy Speace
Vocals, guitar

Vena Portae

Emily Barker
Vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica
Dom Coyote
Vocals, guitar
Ruben Engzell
Vocals, bass

Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

Emily Barker
Vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica
Anna Jenkins
Violin, viola, vocals
Gill Sandell
Accordion, piano, flute, vocals
Jo Silverston
Cello, bass, banjo, vocals