Emily Mae Winters - The Green Note

It's been nearly 3 years since we last saw Emily Mae Winters at Bush Hall supporting Molly Tuttle, Covid putting paid to at least two previous attempts As we drove in it was interesting to hear how well Emily's last album"High Romance" has aged, as it never followed any particular trend, it has gained a sort of timeless quality to it and if anything it sounds even better now than on its release.

There was certainly an air of anticipation at the Green Note, few clues were to be gleaned from the stage settings , other than 2 mic stands, and 2 stools which were used more for resting notes and drinks on, than any actual sitting. They would later be joined by a bouquet of flowers but no other clues were to be forthcoming. An extended period away from performing offered the opportunity for pretty much anything to happen and as Emily Mae Winters took to the stage with guitarist Dave Burn in support, it was clear we would be in for for a twin acoustic attack, if indeed some of the softest melodies you will ever hear could be classed as such.

The evening was to be split in to 2 halves, the first saw the rattling off of three new songs in quick succession. The first "( I Don't Think I Could Go Back To ) Before" saw Emily perform with no guitar, it was a mid tempo countryish song, with her voice rising at the end of each line in the sweetest of ways.

"Look in my eyes - I haven't been sleeping

Woke up at five, like a world leader

Who's on my side?, doubts have been creeping

Down from my mind to a tongue so tied"

Only three mnutes in and already we were reminded of quite what it was we had been missing these last few years, a silky smooth voice effortlessly floating between folk and country and lyrical content rarely to be found elsewhere.

For the second song, she would strap on her guitar and gently sway as she played "Burn", with Dave providing the additional backing vocals.

"Lately it takes some falling to your knees

To see the colour of the trees

To see the beauty in the breeze

Lately I go walking in the night

Looking for answers in the skies

Tears in my eyes under an old street light"

The final words of each line delightfully elongated, giving the song a sense of beauty and fragility. It never pays to guess what any Emily Mae Winters song is about, however on first listen, this seemed to come with a heartfelt honesty.

The third new song straight off the bat was "Surrender", "described as a love song to music", it was another example of delicate playing matched to telling words, with music adressed as if it were a person.

"You've always been a constant"

The next song saw a trip back to her debut album and saw a solo performance of "Blackberry Lane", the audience hanging on every word and every gently plucked note.

With Dave back on stage, in