Press Kit

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Praise for Emily Pinkerton and The Early Mays

The best of two cultures and songwriting styles…Pinkerton’s songs employ earthy metaphors that reflect her spiritual and emotional world.
—NUVO, Indianapolis, IN

“Ends of the Earth” is a definite recommendation for people for whom crossing cultural bridges is a labor of love.
—FolkWorld, Germany

Pinkerton sets a poem by Venezuelan poet Henry Martinez to a traditional pajarillo and sings it with an understated passion that accents the desperate emotion of unrequited love. Pinkerton also writes solid country tunes like the honky tonk lament “Beautiful Dress” and folky tearjerkers like the dark cello-driven “Ends of the Earth.”
—Sing Out!, National Folk Music Magazine

It’s hard not to be enchanted with Emily Pinkerton’s music when it takes you from the North American Midwest to the South American Andes. The ubiquitous guitar makes it accessible, but the Latin rhythms and language turn it into an exotic, luscious thing.  Pinkerton went from Valparaiso, Indiana to Valparaiso, Chile as an exchange student, taking with her a love of old-time fiddle and banjo. She became a critically acclaimed performer, singing both American old-time music and tunes in the Andean singer-songwriter style of Violeta Parra.
—Cleveland Scene, Cleveland, OH

The Early Mays are three talented writers, singers, and instrumentalists, coming together on a masterpiece of a debut album. It is clear that the folk trio— Judith Avers, Emily Pinkerton and Ellen Gozion—carefully crafted each other’s songs by adding emotionally stirring harmonies and delicate folk instrumentation (banjo, fiddle, and organ)… the group brings traditional and original material to spectacular life. This is more than a band that writes and performs songs; it’s a group of serious musicologists who have studied the folk genre all their lives. It’s a rare combination of knowledge and talent.
—Cindy Howes, WYEP, Pittsburgh, PA

They sang harmonies that made my own heart sing. Close, perfect, high and sweet; intricate parts worked out that seemed as natural as breathing.
—Susanna Robinson Kenga, LBSpy, Lewisburg, WV

…The Early Mays are a bit of a supergroup: The trio consists of Judith Avers, Ellen Gozion and Emily Pinkerton, all well known in their own rights. Together, they literally make beautiful music — a play on the Appalachian folk all three are steeped in, with close vocal harmonies, and guitar, banjo and fiddle work.
—Andy Mulkerin, Pittsburgh City Paper


Career highlights

  • NPR Mountain Stage Performance (August 2017,  The Early Mays)
  • #1 Artist and Album on National Folk-DJ Charts (August 2017,  The Early Mays)
  • 1st Place Neo-Traditional Band, The Appalachian String Band Music Festival (2016, The Early Mays)
  • Investing in Professional Artists, Creative Development Grant (2015)
  • New Music USA Project Grant for Commission of Chamber Piece (2014)
  • WYEP Artist of the Year (2014)
  • Interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” for research on Chilean artist Violeta Parra (2013)
  • Collaboration with international music collective, Chirihue (2014)
  • Concert at Panama Jazz Festival (2013)