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Emily Askew

Folk music has always been a big part of Emily's life, starting from the days she joined the Hobby Horse Club at the grand age of three! She is now a versatile early music and folk musician playing fiddle, bagpipes and shawm.

Emily studied early music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and graduated with a first class honours BMus. She received the Dove Memorial Prize for the highest BMUS mark in her year.

As a member of the Askew Sisters, she has twice been a BBC Young Folk Award semi-finalist and in 2005 won the New Roots competition. The sisters have released and EP and three albums and have been playing at festivals and clubs to great acclaim over the last ten years. This year they won the Spiral Earth Award for best Traditional Album.

Recently Emily was part of the EFDSS and Folk by the Oak project the Elizabethan Session and has started performing with the new fiddle band Alma.

A keen chamber musician, Emily also performs with a range of early music ensembles. These include Medieval and Renaissance groups The Artisans and The Dufay Collective. She also enjoys collaborations between different art forms. Recent work includes Yonec, the Dufay Collective's Puppet project, A Long Walk Home with contemporary dancers choreographed by Darren Ellis and Walk the Way, the Artisans collaboration with poets Paulina Vauderbilt and Lucy Aykroyd.

Emily is also interested in opera and theatre. She has performed as principal recorder at Glyndebourne and as a multi-instrumentalist in productions for Apollo West End, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and the Hampstead Players.

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