Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter, best known as the writer and performer of the theme to the BBC’s hugely successful crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. She has released music as a solo artist as well as with various bands and collaborations including The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae, Marry Waterson and Applewood Road (with whom she released a remarkable album of original songs recorded live around a single microphone, dubbed “flawless” by The Sunday Times) and has written for film, including composing the soundtrack for Jake Gavin’s lauded debut feature Hector starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen.

How would you get along with your partner if you were locked in one room together for fourteen days? That's the dilemma that faced Emily Barker and her husband Lukas Drinkwater when they finally made their first trip to Australia for almost two years. Forced to quarantine in a hotel room for two weeks in October 2021, they needed a plan. The plan they came up with was to record an entire album...in Room 822.

With a guitar, folding bass, keyboard and recording gear on hand, Emily & Lukas set about turning their room in Perth’s Westin Hotel into a recording studio. The outcome? An album full of tender, beautiful recordings featuring some of Emily’s favourite Australian songs - from growing up through her teenage years in Western Australia to now. Set for release on January 14, 2022,

Room 822 sees the Australian born/UK based singer-songwriter & husband/producer/multi-instrumentalist Lukas covering songs from the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Push The Sky Away), Deborah Conway (Will You Miss Me When You’re Sober), You Am I (Mr Milk), Kasey Chambers(The Captain), The Church (Under The Milky Way), The Waifs (London Still) and many more…including Emily’s take on Paul Kelly’s powerful, Sleep, Australia, Sleep - the first single to be lifted off the album.

Please do not attend if you are unwell or have been in close contact with a known active case of COVID in the previous 14 days, masks to be worn indoors per ACT govt. restrictions.

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