Festive show with a zombie twist

PREPARE for a Christmas party with a real emphasis on slay bells.

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Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler are set to perform at Oran Mor tonight
Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler are set to perform at Oran Mor tonight

Ash singer Tim Wheeler and folk songstress Emmy The Great are in Glasgow tonight for a festive gig with an undead twist.

Their Zombie Christmas show at Oran Mor will mix some festive classics being covered with the duo's own, sometimes ghoulish material.

And Emmy, real name Emma-Lee Moss, can't wait.

"What we're saying is that because the Mayan apocalypse happens the day after our tour ends, we kinda want everyone at the shows to party like it's the last day on Earth," she explains, cheerfully.

"And you know what'll happen on the last day on Earth, it'll probably be a zombie apocalypse."

The duo's own Christmas record was released last year, promoted by a few well received gigs that saw them tackle the likes of Last Christmas and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas alongside their own songs.

And Emma-Lee, who released her second album Virtue last year, currently has other reasons to be feeling full of festive cheer.

She was recently roped in by pals Ilan Eshkeri and Andy Burrows to sing on the soundtrack to the Snowman and the Snowdog, the sequel to much loved animation classic The Snowman that's set to be aired for the first time on Christmas Eve.

"I watched the new one yesterday, and it was mind-blowing," she enthuses.

"It was like finding out your friends have done something that's classic. It's iconic, and I'm really proud of them.

"I didn't know the original that well, from living in Hong Kong [where she grew up] but it's like an emotional rollercoaster."

As for the build-up to the big day itself, Emma-Lee is a fan of managing to make something yourself, rather than just buying the first gift that you find.

"I think Christmas is a good time for making things yourself because you can otherwise end up buying too many presents," she adds.

"I do like the pressure of trying to buy something for everyone and if I see something that my mum will like then I'll buy it, but if I'm not just going to get her something rubbish, so sometimes I'll find myself on Christmas Eve cutting silhouettes out of cards or something, and trying to design a present."

Away from the Christmas season, 2013 is already shaping up as a big year for the singer, who has established herself as one of the country's most thoughtful, clever writers with 2009's First Love and the even better Virtue, which was released last year.

She's currently wrapping up her ideas for the album before going full steam ahead over the next 12 months.

And the 27-year-old now claims she feels more confident in herself than ever before.

"It's taken a lot of albums and a lot of collaborations, but this is the first time I've really felt confident in music," she explains.

"In six months time I could be saying 'oh no,' but right now I feel really on top of it.

"Saying that is like begging the universe to destroy it, but I do feel more confident about music than I've ever felt in my life, and that's partly thanks to Tim as well.

"Having an extremely fun experience with making the Christmas album, there's something about the way he approaches things that rubs off on you."

It's not just singing that Emma-Lee has been busying herself with, though.

She's got her own podcast on the go that looks back over 90s culture (she references both grunge and Sweet Valley High during our chat, possibly the first time in history that they've ever been linked), has dabbled in both comedy and writing and can't seem to slow down.

She's not sure that's a good thing, however.

"I feel that I've been trying to have too many different kinds of life," she reflects.

"When I first started I was going to be a music journalist and a musician. And then it was comedy and the music, and I kind of now think that that's how it works.

"If I make song-writing the only focus then maybe I wouldn't be able to write anything other than songs from being on tour.

"My boyfriend asked me last night if I have ADD and I'm thinking of finding out, because I don't concentrate on one thing enough."

Perhaps that's why she's so eager to get a chance to unwind over Christmas and just relax after another hectic year.

"I like presents, I'm a big fan of eating and I do like my family, so I love Christmas," she adds.

"As an adult there's also sitting on Christmas Eve and realising that you have no e-mails you need to reply to.

"That's the best gift of all, getting proper time off with your family."

n Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler, Oran Mor, tonight, 7pm, £15.

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