The Askew Sisters - the acclaimed English Folk Duo making waves on the folk scene with their energetic brand of English folk music

Emily Askew; fiddle, backing vocals, cello

Emily AskewEmily Askew is an extremely versatile musician playing fiddle, recorders, vielle (medieval fiddle), bagpipes and shawm.

Her interests are wide and varied reaching from the deep roots of folk music through to Medieval, Baroque and contemporary repertoire.

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 3! This involved lots of dancing, and singing about things like pigs and socks! At the age of 15 she decided to teach herself the fiddle and it is now her main instrument in the duo.

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

In addition to the duo, Emily also performs with a range of other band. These include Medieval and Renaissance group The Artisans, fiddle band Alma and ceilidh band Ceilidh Factor. Last year she was also part of the EFDSS and Folk by the Oak project the Elizabethan Session.

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

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