Adam is one of the brightest stars of the UK roots music scene, mixing traditional and contemporary folk influences with his own brand of soul and Americana. He has been twice nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and his three albums have all been nominated for Scottish Album of the Year.
His first album, Heirs and Graces, was produced by John Wood (producer of all Nick Drake's albums and John Martyn's iconic Solid Air album). It was mastered by Simon Heyworth (co-producer of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells). His second album, Brighter Still, features Eddi Reader on backing vocals throughout.
Adam's third album, Midnight Milk, was recorded in one room in his Edinburgh flat, but came complete with full brass section, an 18-voice choir and a widescreen folk/soul/electronica production, which was influenced by a collaboration he was involved in with Adrian Utley of Portishead, Dominic Aitchison of Mogwai and Martin Green of Lau.
Live, Adam Holmes and his band, The Embers, combine rhythm and blues, country and folk music textures of classic artists, such as The Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, with their own hit of Scotland.
They have featured widely on live sessions for BBC Radio 2, Radio 3, BBC Scotland and are regulars on the UK and European festival and touring circuit. They have shared bills with the likes of Van Morrison, Richard Thompson, Jason Isbell, The Avett Brothers, Sturgill Simpson and Chvrches amongst many others.