Adam Holmes

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Folk singer-songwriter from Edinburgh
Dates active: 2009 - present

Adam Holmes


Adam Holmes (also known as Adam Holmes and The Embers[2]) is a folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and vocalist from Edinburgh. One of eight children, he was brought up in Portobello, Edinburgh, and developed his passion for folk music at Sandy Bell's from the age of eight, and was a semi-finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2009[3]. He is a member of The Magpie Arc[4] and Rura[5]. In 2015, he collaborated with Heidi Talbot on her Christmas single, Christmas in September. In 2016, he worked with Martin Green on his album Flit, and accompanied fiddler John McCusker on tour as the featured singer on his Anniversary Tour[6]. He appeared at Celtic Connections in 2017[7]. In 2022, his single Hard Times featured a monologue from Irvine Welsh[8]. He has named Bob Marley, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Mahilia Jackson and Tom Petty as influences[9].


Adam Holmes - Nature


Reception of the rising stars in contemporary folk music - Arts Reviews Edinburgh

The acclaimed Edinburgh-born singer and songwriter Adam Holmes is one of the brightest stars on the UK roots music scene. An old soul on young shoulders, he combines masterful songwriting and a mellifluous, enchanting voice, mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of soul and Americana. - Green Note

With his clear and soulful vocal over a sure and steady beat; from the onset we have an indication of the growing confidence in his own ability to write, arrange and produce the music he loves. - Folk Radio

Songs follow covering everything from the drunken waltz feel of ‘Mother Oak’ to the danceability of ‘Alone We Stand’ gives Adam wide appeal and with the band can really turn their hand to just about anything. - IGI.GS

...with each successive release Adam Holmes and the Embers move further from the acoustic/folk beginnings that were a feature of Heirs and Graces, but those influences are still there. What has progressed is Adam’s approach to his music, his flexibility as a song writer, his willingness to mine the rich creativity behind his work and bring to the surface previously unimagined gems - Folk Radio

Dreamweaver is a genuinely touching listen. It is a formidably affecting and potent release. - Folk Radio

Adam Holmes crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. - Folk and Honey


Year Title Type
2013 Heirs and Graces Album
2016 Brighter Still Album
2021 Nature Single
2021 If You Ever Needed Me Single
2021 Dreamweaver Album
2022 Hard Times Single
2022 She Belongs To Me Single
2022 Edinburgh Single
2022 Follow Her Anywhere (Radio Mix) Single
2022 Mother's Arms Single
2022 Counting on You Single
2022 The Healing Single
2023 Hope Park Album


  1. The Scotsman. 'Album reviews: Shania Twain | Adam Holmes & The Embers | David Crosby | Brix & the Extricated'.
  2. The Skinny. 'Adam Holmes & The Embers – Midnight Milk'.
  3. Adam Holmes. 'Press Kit'.
  4. YouTube. 'The Magpie Arc - Live At The Silk Mill Studios - Autumn Leaves'.
  5. Greentrax Recordings. 'Rura - Break It Up'.
  6. Folk Radio. 'Adam Holmes & The Embers: Brighter Still – Artist of the Month'.
  7. Hands Up For Trad. 'Celtic Connections 2017 Programme Announced'.
  8. The Courier. 'Adam Holmes on his way, with a nod from Irvine Welsh'.
  9. IGI.GS. 'Adam of Adam Holmes & the Embers – Interview'.
  10. BBC Radio 2. 'Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011 - Nominees'.
  12. Hands Up For Trad. 'Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award Longlist Unveiled'.

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