Brit folkstress on her cultural highs

Emmy The Great’s new single ‘We Almost Had A Baby’, out now, showcases the indie-folkster’s luscious vocals wonderfully, and acts as quite the delicious taster for her debut album, ‘First Love’, due in the new year.

Here, Emmy lets us into her world by picking out some of her cultural highs…

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I watched this lovely little film the other day called Father of the Bride. I must recommend it - it was most charming. Basically I only watch films with Diane Keaton in them so I am limited with choice. Baby Boom is good.


‘The Orton Diaries’. I like to read a lot of diaries and memoirs where the author dies at the end. This is the one that started it. You will fall in love with Joe Orton, and you will feel his death when the diary suddenly stops. He had a lot of charisma, which is partly why he was killed in the first place. Other good death books – Sylvia Plath's diary, ‘The Year of

Magical Thinking’ by Joan Didion (not her death, her husband's and daughter's) and ‘Take Off Your Party Dress’ by Dina Rabinovitch. Oh dear.


Why?’s ‘Alopecia’ - everyone I know who knows this band says their life was incomplete before they heard them. This is the third album, which some think is not as good as the second. But they are wrong. (Read’s review of a recent Why? show HERE.)


‘Don't Worry Baby’ by the Beach Boys. Surely the greatest song ever written.

Television show/series

I only watch 30 Rock and Arrested Development, over and over again, and will continue to do that until they make something that's as good. You can watch

Arrested Development legally and for free on


The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is really cool. It has shrunken heads and voodoo dolls. There are also two museums I haven't been to yet which I want to go to, which are the Harry Price Museum for Magical Literature and the John Soames Museum, which it seems like is always closed. The Jewish Museum in Camden is an okay way to spend an afternoon when you are unemployed.

Holiday destination

Wales is nice, and the Lake District. Until the first time I went on tour I had never been north of London except once. The British countryside is the most comforting and beautiful thing in the world, and it's all within reach, not like in America where you have to drive for days or Asia where a mosquito will bite you and you will have to go to hospital.

Gig venue

The Luminaire in London or the Deaf Institute in Manchester without a doubt. They always have the most interesting bands and the sound is great and the people who work there are great. Rough Trade East is always a good place to watch bands, watching a band in a record shop just seems to make sense.

Live band/DJ

Holy Fuck and Leonard Cohen were the best things I saw all summer.

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Emmy The Great’s ‘We Almost Had A Baby’ single is out now – watch the video below. ‘First Love’ is released on February 2.

Emmy and her band tours as follows (book tickets HERE


31 Oxford Academy


1 Exeter Phoenix

2 Brighton Komedia

3 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

5 Gloucester Guildhall

6 Bath Chapel Arts Centre

7 Reading South Street

9 Norwich Arts Centre

10 Colchester Arts Centre

11 Nottingham Bodega

12 Liverpool Academy 2

14 Glasgow King Tut’s

15 Aberdeen Moshulu

16 Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire

17 Newcastle Cluny

19 Sheffield Plug

20 Leeds Brudenell Social Club

21 Hull Adelphi

22 Stoke Sugarmill

24 Manchester Ruby Lounge

25 Birmingham Glee Club

26 Bristol Fleece

27 London ULU

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