Emily Yates spent the first part of her adult life as an army public affairs minion, writing heartwarming news stories about the Iraq War to help build fellow soldiers’ morale. In 2010, two years after getting out of the military, she learned to play the ukulele, and decided to merge her dual passions of writing and music. Quickly realizing that this would be the best way to get her many opinions out to the world, she set to work writing dozens of ditties and playing them for unsuspecting strangers, who luckily were delighted. In 2012 she recorded her first album, I’ve Got Your Folk Songs Right Here, a fun romp through myriad ideas ranging from human decency and sexual expression to foreign policy. She released her second album, Folk In Your Face, in May 2014, and a kids album in December 2014 (as her alter-ego, Fancy von Pancerton) and now travels all over the country spreading joy and disillusionment with her songs and stories.