Emma Pollock

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Emma Pollock
Pollock singing into a microphone onstage
Pollock performing live at the Brudenell Social Club, in Leeds, in 2007
Background information
Born (1971-08-14) 14 August 1971 (age 50)
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
  • Singer-songwriter
  • composer
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active1996–present
Associated acts

Emma Pollock (born 20 December 1972) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, musician, and a founding member of the bands The Delgados, The Burns Unit and The Fruit Tree Foundation.

Early life[edit]

Pollock studied laser physics and optoelectronics at the University of Strathclyde, graduating BSc (Hons) in 1993.[1][2]


A founding member of The Delgados, she signed a solo recording contract with British independent record label 4AD in 2005 after the amicable split of the band. Her first solo album, Watch the Fireworks, was released on 17 September 2007.[3] Pollock has most recently been recording with Scottish-Canadian band The Burns Unit, along with Indo-Caledonian pop artist Future Pilot A.K.A., Karine Polwart, King Creosote, multi-instrumentalist Kim Edgar, drummer/producer Mattie Foulds, pianist Michael Johnston; and rapper MC Soom T. Pollock has also worked with David Gedge both in the studio and live as part of his Cinerama project.

On 3 August 2010, The Burns Unit released their debut, Side Show, through Proper Distribution in the UK. Produced by the band's drummer Mattie Foulds, Side Show was mixed with Paul Savage (Franz Ferdinand) and mastered by Jon Astley.

Pollock's third solo album, In Search of Harperfield, was released on 29 January 2016 on Chemikal Underground.[4]



Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "Adrenaline" (28 May 2007)
  • "Acid Test" (3 September 2007)
  • "Paper and Glue" (26 November 2007)
  • "I Could Be a Saint" (22 February 2010)
  • "Red Orange Green" (24 May 2010)
  • "Parks and Recreation" (22 January 2016)

Other releases[edit]

Music videos[edit]

  • "Adrenaline" (2007, directed by Blair Young)
  • "Acid Test" (2007, directed by Lucy Cash)
  • "Paper and Glue" (2007, directed by Moh Azima)
  • "Red Orange Green" (2010, directed by Laura McCullagh)
  • "Parks and Recreation" (2016, directed by Virginia Heath)


  1. ^ "Emma Pollock". LinkedIn. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Strathclyde University". The Herald. Glasgow. 6 July 1993. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  3. ^ Padley, Gemma (14 September 2007). "Watch The Fireworks could finally give The Delgados' lady the international acclaim..." BBC.
  4. ^ "Emma Pollock 'In Search Of Harperfield'". Chemikal Underground. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  5. ^ "'Tour EP' by Emma Pollock & RM Hubbert". Chemikal Underground. Retrieved 12 May 2016.

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