One of the brightest rising stars on today’s world-renowned Scottish folk scene, 23-year-old Adam Holmes is a singer and songwriter of rare and timeless potency. Drawing on influences from either side of the Atlantic, he crafts lyrics that resonate like old traditional ballads, borne on melodies as beguiling as slow fiddle airs, in a voice both fervently tender and huskily careworn.
Despite his youth, Holmes’s music distils a long and diverse wealth of experience. Childhood memories of growing up in Edinburgh include getting sneaked into afternoon sessions by his mum – a keen folk fan since the 1960s – at the city’s best-known folk pubs, the Royal Oak and Sandy Bell’s. Dad, meanwhile, was a devotee of classic singer-songwriters, introducing his son to Stateside greats like Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Townes Van Zandt and Ry Cooder, while Holmes’s own adolescent tastes extended to grunge and hip-hop.
“I’ve never really seen any big distinctions in music,” he says. “What hip-hop’s doing now is essentially the same as whoever wrote traditional songs was doing 300 years ago: both are telling everyday stories about people’s lives, and that’s what’s always drawn me.”
Heirs & Graces, the breathtaking debut album from Adam Holmes, recorded with legendary producer John Wood (responsible for seminal albums by John Martyn, Nick Drake, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson) and mastered by Simon Heyworth (producer of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells), is now available on CD from Amazon and on MP3 from all good download sites.
Now in it’s third year, Adam Holmes and the Embers Presents………. is a music night on the first Wednesday of every month at The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh and features some of the best and most diverse acts in new Scottish music.
From traditional and contemporary Folk to Rap and Hip-Hop via Country, Bluegrass and Indie no two nights are ever the same.
The next night is on March the 5th so check back here nearer the time for details of the line-up
Adam and the band are delighted to have been announced as one of the main acts at the 2014 Shetland Folk Festival which this year is being held from the 1st to the 4th of May.
This really is one of THE “must go to” festivals and full details of the stunning line-up of acts from all over the world together with ticket and travel information can be found on the festival site here.