caught up with the talented Emily Mae Winters for a quick chat aboard the Cutty Sark during the Shanty Sessions. Click above for the full uncut interview.

Born in England, raised in and around the rugged coasts of southern Ireland, Emily Mae Winters’ haunting folk songs are quickly permeating the folk and song writing scene.

Influenced by the likes of Nancy Kerr, The Unthanks, The Staves, Kate Rusby, Sarah Jarosz and Alison Krauss, Emily teamed up with Ben Walker to produce her first commercial release. Winters wrote all of the songs on the record and plays guitar and piano. Of the four songs on the EP, two are already award winning with ‘Miles To Go’ in the UK Songwriting contest Folk Category and ‘Anchor’ winning the folk category in the Guardian Songwriting Competition.

Following the success of her debut release, Winters has recently signed with Folkstock Records and there are plans in the pipeline for an album co-produced by Ben Walker and Lauren Deakin- Davies (Laura Marling,Kelly Oliver).

London’s most innovative folk club started a new season of Shanty Sessions, exploring our rich maritime history through music, song and dance on the decks of Cutty Sark.

The evening featured some of the most exciting nautically minded folk bands in the UK inc Lisa Knapp, Norfolk Broads, Matthew Crampton & The London Lubbers, City Shanty Band, Emily Mae Winters and culminated in a ceilidh with the Ceilidh Liberation Front!

This event programme was part of a wider series of events & festivals at Royal Museums Greenwich, celebrating the folklore and traditions of our maritime heritage.

For further details about the The Landlubbers Maritime Folk Festival here

Check out our series of interviews abord the Cutty Sark, the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, and fastest ship of her time – now an award-winning visitor attraction.

City Shanty Band
Lisa Knapp
Ceilidh Liberation Front
Matthew Crampton