Now here’s an absolute treat for Friday evening at FirsFest. Hailing from Liphook, Hampshire, EMMAY are a sibling trio consisting of Aimée Mackenzie on electro-acoustic guitars, keyboards and lead vocals, Freya Mackenzie on acoustic violin, electro-acoustic ukulele and harmonies and Ross Mackenzie on Cajon.
The trio have supported Nizlopi, Show of Hands, Sean Lakeman/Kathryn Roberts, Blair Dunlop, Luke Jackson, Miranda Sykes/Rex Preston, Sheelanagig, Phillip Henry/Hannah Martin, Josienne Clarke/Ben Walker, Dave McPherson and Rod Picott. EMMAY have performed at many notable venues include Isle Of Wight Festival, Show of Hands Summer Festival (Abbotsbury), Cornbury Festival, Victorious Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Wychwood Festival, Weyfest, The Bedford (Balham), The Troubadour (Earls Court), Water Rats (Camden), Wedgewood Rooms (Portsmouth)
An outstanding BBC Introducing panel review of “Lesson Learned”, one of EMMAY’s self-penned songs, resulted in an invitation to record a session for the BBC which was broadcast live right across the South of England.
“Songwriting and musicianship of the highest calibre and harmonising together as only siblings can. Just about the best young English acoustic band I’ve heard” – Steve Knightley (Show of Hands)
“EMMAY, an impossibly young-looking folk trio of siblings, took to the stage to deliver, an enchanting set full of nagging hooks and charming harmonies, with the likes of We Once Said, Nests and a surprising cover of Ride by 21 Pilots (complete with rapping) all impressing, making a mockery of their tender years.” – Wychwood Festival