Emily Barker - The Woman Who Planted Trees
Static Roots Festival - stay safe sessions - episode #004
“We need to look to people like Wangari Maathai for guidance and leadership”
UK based singer-songwriter Emily Barker just recently announced that her forthcoming album, “A Dark Murmuration Of Words”, will be released on 4th September 2020 on Thirty Tigers. For our “stay safe sessions” series, Emily plays her beautiful new single, “The Woman Who Planted Trees”.
Emily took her inspiration for this song from Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai. Maathai was a renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She founded The Green Belt Movement in order to reforest degraded land to provide food and empower women in her community.
At a young age, Emily was shaped by her own experiences with environmentalism: “I grew up planting trees with my family along the Blackwood River to help prevent erosion, and in barren paddocks that had been cleared for livestock during colonisation. Those lessons stuck with me and I’ve continued to support tree-planting schemes, especially in Australia where there are huge problems with salinity due to swathes of land being cleared by the early settlers.”
At the Americana-UK conference and festival in 2018, Emily Parker was awarded the “UK Artist Of The Year”.
We are over the moon to be able to present Emily’s new single, “The Woman Who Planted Trees”, in our “stay safe sessions” series!
We put together the “stay safe sessions” series not only to present great music and amazing talents, but also to support the musicians during these difficult times. If you would like to support Emily Barker, please PayPal to:
or pre-order Emily Barker’s new album “A Dark Murmuration Of Words” here: https://emilybarker.bandcamp.com/album/a-dark-murmuration-of-words
Thank you and stay safe!
Emily Barker (guitar, vocals)
Rolling Stone Country "Picks Of The Week"
Rolling Stone Country chose Emily Barker's song "The Woman Who Planted Trees" as one of the "Picks Of The Week":
"U.K.-based folksinger Emily Barker will release her new album A Dark Murmuration of Words on September 4th and in “The Woman Who Planted Trees,” she finds a connection to the past through nature. “I can tell my age by the height of trees/By the years they’ve stood growing over me,” she sings, her clear voice accompanied by a circular finger-style guitar pattern and an arrangement that swells and turns haunting."
executive producer: Dietmar Leibecke, https://staticrootsfestival.com
intro/post production: Frank Koch, http://studio-koch.de
intro riff: Rookie - Sunglasses, https://rookietheband.bandcamp.com/track/sunglasses
read more about the “stay safe sessions” project here