Singer | Composer | Ethnomusicologist


Emily's driving force as a songwriter and ethnomusicologist is to explore the musical and social ties that bind the Americas.  For two decades, she has traveled between the U.S. and Chile, playing fiddle, banjo, guitar, charango and guitarrón. She divides her time between teaching and performance, including recent projects -- Rounder Songs, a chamber piece featuring voice and old-time banjo, voice; and The Early Mays, an award-winning, all-female folk trio.

Recent performances include... National Sawdust, TUTTI Festival and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series with NOW Ensemble; NPR's Mountain Stage, Appalachian String Band Music Festival, HOTA Fest and Fiddle and Bow Society with The Early Mays; Merkin Hall with Eddy Marcano, SongSpace, Acoustic Music Works

She is currently collaborating with Quantum Theatre, creating original music for a play about Chilean artists, and siblings, Nicanor and Violeta Parra.


Rounder Songs wins a 2019 IMA!

Rounder Songs wins a 2019 IMA!

Rounder Songs

An Appalachian Song Cycle by Emily Pinkerton & Patrick Burke, Now Available on New Amsterdam Records

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LoOKING For Violeta

An original score for dramatic work about Chilean artists Violeta and Nicanor Parra with Quantum Theatre

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The Early Mays

Award-winning harmonies with fiddle, banjo, cello, guitar and harmonium

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