ALCHEMY - The Emily Askew Band

"One of the albums of the year **** " The Times

"Mixing folk and early music with beauty and precision **** " The Guardian

"Emily [is] supported by a fantastic cast of musicians" Folk Radio

"A brilliant debut, Alchemy is the potion and desire made authentic." Liverpool Sound and Vision

"...music that's able to stand up in a variety of settings across the ages." Bright Young Folk

"Alchemy is a consummate piece of work created by accomplished musicians." Folkwords

"...yes, there is true magic at work here." FATEA

"...the musicians bring to ALCHEMY an all-embracing and highly affectionate warmth, just right for a beautiful music we should all really cherish." Northern Sky Mag

"A wonderful record that you'll want to play again and again." Living Tradition


"Emily Askew is an exciting young artist with heaps of potential to succeed in the music world. With rare combination of an upbeat personality and a real creative vision, and excellent musical skills and experience of working in the early, classical and folk traditions, she is an artist to look out for."
Clare Norburn, Co-Artistic Director, Brighton Early Music Festival

"Emily plays with exceptional energy and life. She brings real drive and animation to her performances. Emily's recorder playing blends an integral sense of respect for historical context with a contemporary sense of excitement and style. Her command of contemporary technique is outstanding and I predict that she will have a very fruitful and successful career. Always a joy to listen to."
Jonathan Vaughan, Director of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

"Emily is a fine player, and not just in the folk world in which she has already established a name for herself. She has a good knowledge of Baroque repertoire and plays with panache. Versatility is a great bonus when playing medieval and renaissance music, and Emily has bags of it, playing vielle, pipes and recorders in equal measure and with a natural ease."
William Lyons, Director, The Dufay Collective

"Emily is an exciting young player with a bright future."
Ian Wilson, The Flautadors/The Burney Players; Head of Recorder, Guildhall School of Music and Drama Education

"One of the rising young stars of the new interest in English folk music. Emily is an inventive and creative interpreter of traditional music because although she has an extensive background in the music she does not treat it as a museum piece."
Doug Bailey, Wild Goose Records

"Emily Askew has star quality - she lights up the stage when she plays."
Richard Benjafield, Acting Head of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

"Emily is able to take centre stage as a performer, or to step back into an accompanist role with equal skill and panache. She's an inspiring musician and a joy to work with."
Sarah Morgan, Axford Five/Craig Morgan Robson

"Emily is a superb teacher, communicator and facilitator. She is exceptionally talented and her love for music shines through her teaching in all areas."
Anna Shepherd, Director of Boppin' Bunnies

"She's an inspiring musician and a joy to work with." Sarah Morgan, Craig Morgan Robson
Emily Askew