Great video for a great song (& we helped fund it!)

This is the new video for Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo‘s beautiful song Billowing Sea. The song is taken from the band’s latest album album Almanac, which we at are extremely proud to have been able to help fund.

Those of you who haven’t heard of Emily through our involvement may well know her music already as her songs have been used as the themes for several high profile TV series, including Wallander and The Shadow Line. For a taster you can download two free tracks here.

The band are on tour round the UK at the moment. If you want to catch one of their brilliant live shows then head down to one of the following venues:

Fri 21st- Guildhall, Gloucester 01452 503 050
Sat 22nd- Leadmill, Sheffield 01142 212 828
Sun 23rd- The Cluny, Newcastle 01912 304 474
Mon 24th- The Musician, Leicester 01162 510 080
Tues 25th- The Met, Bury 01617 612 216
Thurs 27th- Royal Albert Hall- Elgar Room, London 0845 401 5045
Fri 28th- Bodega, Nottingham 01159 505 078
Sat 29th- Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 01132 752 411


Thurs 3rd- The Fleece, Bristol 01179 299 008
Fri 4th- New Forest Arts Centre, New Milton 01425 612 393
Sat 5th- Salisbury Arts Centre 01722 321 744
Sun 6th- The Cellars, Eastney 02392 826 249
Tues 8th- Colchester Arts Centre 01206 500 900
Fri 11th- Swindon Arts Centre 01793 614837
Mon 21st- The Stables, Milton Keynes 01908 280 800


Win a month’s free rent plus signed CDs and gig tickets

To celebrate the launch of Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo’s new album Almanac (which helped to fund – more details here) we’re running a competition. Alongside our regular Live Rent Free competition we’ll be giving away signed copies of the CD and two sets of tickets to the gig of your choice on the band’s upcoming UK tour.

The winner will receive a month’s free rent* plus a signed CD; two runners up will receive a signed CD and two tickets to the gig of their choice and two further winners will get a signed copy of the CD. Entry is open to all users as well as those on Emily’s own mailing list.

To enter all you need to do is enter the competition on, where you will also find full details of how to improve your chances of winning with additional free entries

Good luck!

* The prize is the average rent for a double room (including bills) in the winner’s postcode – calculated according to SpareRoom’s Room Rental Index helps Emily Barker fund her latest album

We’ve known Emily Barker and the members of her band The Red Clay Halo for a while now – a couple of us have played in bands with accordion player Gill Sandell for the past 10 years and we regularly ran into Emily at gigs along the way. The band’s last album, Despite The Snow (recorded over a snowy Easter weekend of 2008 in a 16th century barn in Norfolk) was one of our favourites on the office stereo last year and we weren’t alone:

“Stripped free of studio frippery and all the better for its carefree simplicity” **** – Q Magazine

“The hills have yet to be emptied of gold if you know where to look.” – The Times

When we were chatting to Emily and the band about the follow-up we discovered they were aiming to raise all the funding themselves so were more than happy to get involved and lend them a substantial chunk of the budget to get things moving.

That was back in spring/summer 2009 and we’re pleased to say the album is now ready to go. We’ve had an advance copy to listen to and are happy to report that the songs are every bit as beautiful as the artwork (see right).

To celebrate we’re going to be giving away 5 signed copies of the CD along with tickets to 2 shows on Emily’s upcoming UK tour and….a month’s free rent!

Emily says “The Red Clay Halo and I know the SpareRoom guys through the alternative folk music scenes of London and Cambridge. Gill Sandell (Red Clay Halo accordionist and flautist) has played in bands with Rupert and Matt and we’ve shared many a summer stage with them. have very generously helped us fund our latest self-released album ‘Almanac’ which is due for release on February 7th. We hope you enjoy it.”

Watch this space for details of the competition in a few days time