An artist with many talents, Emily flew over from London to be with us at the recording sessions in August 2011. She brought her flute and sketchbook with her, and filled her art book with many drawings and stories. During the sessions, Emily would sit by the performances and sketch out the scenes, there was no doubt that these sketches were to be the basis for the artwork throughout the album. The front cover of the vinyl and CD was originally a drawing which Emily later painted and added relief work, and the drawings that can be seen inside the album cover are some examples of the art that was born during these sessions.
In London, Emily uses her many talents to bring life into the city (www.emilydurtnall.com). She is a great artist - see examples below, paints regularly, plays concert flute at the Irish music sessions, tells great tales about goings-on, and generally lights up whatever room she walks into. It was through one of those sessions that Emily first met with George and Paddy.
She travelled all the way over to San Francisco in March 2013 to be with the Nights in Shanaglish crew, and took some brilliant photographs during her stay. Many of these photographs made their way onto Facebook, but some have crept onto this website. For instance, just as Brian was singing a song outside city hall on Saint Patrick's Day, she snapped a wonderful photo with sun rays in front of him, and the mighty hall's ediface behind. She works as a film set designer by day, watch out for when her talents shine through in the years to come.
(During the making of the recording, Emily developed some unusual skills, not very well associated with Londoners. She has been known to attend cattle marts and to lend a hand at milking cows on Joe Keehan's farm near Shanaglish too !!)