As a founding member of The Delgados and The Burns Unit (which also featured King Creosote
), as well as co-founder of influential indie label Chemikal Underground, Emma Pollock has been at the epicentre of Scotland's vibrant indie-folk scene for over two decades.
The Delgados - whose work went largely under-appreciated during their time together - split in 2004, but Pollock has since released two solo albums that sit comfortably beside the music of her previous band while also helping carve out her own sound.
As she prepares to release her third solo record, Pollock this month embarks upon a tour of China by train that will take her to Shanghai, Beijing, Xian and Wuhan among other cities. Ahead of her visit, she talks to Time Out about her solo work, playing with a band she's never met before and the possibility of a Delgados reunion tour.
How did your tour of China
come about initially?
was really surprised to be asked over, but absolutely delighted. I haven’t put
an album out in five years, so was (and still am) curious about who in China might
know enough, or be curious enough about what I do to come along. I’ve been
chatting to Michael Herd, who is a Scottish maths teacher based in Shanghai [and in local bands XXYY and Girls Like Mystery],
for the last two years about the idea of me and possibly other Chemikal
Underground artists coming over from Scotland and after a while we firmed
up on the final dates last November. Michael has put together a band together
to back me when I’m over there. It’s a great idea as I couldn’t have afforded
to bring over a whole band to play. Tours like this have been done before, with
Paul Collins of The Beat, who is based in California.