Italian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Emma Tricca has had her life shaped by two key encounters with folk legends. While still only an apprentice songwriter just out of school she met John Renbourn when he played a solo show in Rome. After the gig Emma got the opportunity to play John one of her own songs, his approval gave her the confidence to start writing and gigging properly and they remain firm friends. Very shortly after her first encounter with John, Emma met Odetta, the mysterious and legendary singer who had turned Bob Dylan onto acoustic music in the late ’50s. Despite Odetta’s reputation for reticence, they had a long, long conversation over dinner, and Odetta urged Emma to do what she’d been long considering doing – to move to England and study the craft there. Until then Emma’s upbringing had been peripatetic, split between Italy and the UK, with excursions through Africa – Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Eritrea and Libya – as well up and down the Italian peninsula.