Gigs!! with Emily Portman 

Really looking forward to these gigs in April.  Stay tuned for news of our debut album, due for release later this year.

English Acoustic Collective Summer School 

This year's English Acoustic Collective summer school will take place at Ruskin Mill in Gloucestershire from July 18th-22nd.  Founded by Chris Wood and led since 2009 by Rob Harbron, the course takes a holistic approach to instrumental music, exploring pulse, groove, harmony, composition and ensemble playing.  This year's summer school is now open for applications and we are delighted that the English Folk Dance and Song Society are funding two bursaries for musicians of diverse ethnicity to attend the  summer school.  Full info and application forms on the Summer School page.

Online concertina workshops 

I really enjoyed doing these two workshops - one covering phrasing, articulation and bellows technique, and exploring chords and harmony.  They're available on my teaching page for viewing at your leisure!


Over the last few months I've been working remotely with Timothy Johnston who's been composing a new piece of solo concertina music in consultation with me.  I've really enjoyed working on it - it's involved finding my way round a few bits of tricky fingering but it's been a really great process to take part in and I really like the piece.  You can listen to it here or watch the video... 


I have one more gig for 2021 - reuniting with Chris Wood and John Dipper to play alongside Eclectic Voices for a Yuletide concert in London on December 18th.

Leveret are touring in March 2022 - really looking forward to being back on the road.  Sheffield, Stroud, Reading, Cardiff... full dates on the Gigs page.


Online Concertina workshops 

I'm doing two online workshops in the new year focusing on different areas of English concertina technique - one on bellows, phrasing, tone and articulation, and one looking at approaches to chords and harmony.  They'll take place over zoom, and I'll send out supporting material - tunes, charts, exercises and so on.  There'll be chance to ask questions and I'll have a second camera in operation to show closeups of fingering and bellows techniques.

I'll record both workshops send a link out afterwards so anyone who buys a ticket will have indefinite access.  Full details and tickets on my teaching page.  



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I'm totally delighted to be back on the road, with 31 gigs with various people over the next two months.  It's so great to be playing for live audiences again.  Venues and artists really need audience support just now so please come out and see us!  And buy your tickets in advance if at all possible... really hope to see you at a gig soon.


First up, it's lovely to be back on the road with Fay Hield and Sam Sweeney, doing our first trio gigs since 2012 and playing material from Fay's recent album Wrackline.  Full info on Fay's website.

After that there's a rare chance to see The Servants' Ball at the Great Barn Festival in Oxfordshire on September 18th - tickets available here 


Then Leveret are off to Germany for 5 gigs...

...before we start our UK tour a few days later.  Full info on our website and, look out for two more gigs in New Galloway and Edinburgh on October 10 & 11 that we're just waiting for final confirmation for.


Finally I round off October with five gigs with Emily Portman, before we head off to record our duo album. 

Full details on the gigs page. Please do come out if you can - venues really need support at the moment.  And if you are coming, please buy tickets in advance if possible!


The next few months are fairly booked up with touring and recording so I'm not going to be offering regular weekly or fortnightly lessons for a while.  Instead I'm booking a couple of teaching days per month in my diary and will try to fit in as many online lessons as possible on those days.  September 14 and 15 will be the first days I'll be trying this so if you're interested in a concertina lesson slot on either of those days, (or indeed a lesson to discuss music in general, tune writing, chords and harmony, etc) then please get in touch.  

I'm also planning a few more online concertina workshops for later in the autumn.  More details about those soon, and please join the mailing list to make sure you get sent information.


This is my solo CD Meanders, recorded over two days last year.  11 tracks of self-composed and traditional tunes, with photography by Camilla Greenwell and an all-cardboard Digifile designed by Robin Beatty.  I'm really happy with it and delighted to have finally done it! Listen to a preview track and order now!

The Servants' Ball

Inspired by a set list from Scan Tester's Country Dance Band, this new CD of music, song and step dancing is a contemporary take on the music that was played by dance bands in the 1920s & 30s. Ewan Wardrop (vocals, ukulele, step dance), Rob Harbron (concertina), Ben Paley (fiddle), Ben Nicholls (double bass), Julian Hinton (piano), Evan Jenkins (drums)  Order now or listen to a preview track

This year's English Acoustic Collective Summer School is postponed due to COVID-19. We will release details about next year's course as soon as possible.

This year's English Acoustic Collective Summer School is postponed due to COVID-19. We will release details about next year's course as soon as possible.


Date Event Location
Leveret Folk East Folk East
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Dome Stage, Snape Maltings Dome Stage, Snape Maltings
Leveret Bamford Community Arts Centre Bamford Community Arts Centre
Leveret Alnwick Playhouse Alnwick Playhouse
Leveret Squire Performing Arts Centre, Nottingham Squire Performing Arts Centre, Nottingham
Leveret Ludlow Assembly Room Ludlow Assembly Room
Leveret Little Missenden Festival Little Missenden Festival
Leveret Exeter Phoenix Exeter Phoenix
Leveret Folk House, Bristol Folk House, Bristol
Rob Harbron Concertina workshops - Lewes Concertina workshops - Lewes
Leveret Lewes Saturday Folk Club Lewes Saturday Folk Club
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Temperance, Leamington Spa Temperance, Leamington Spa
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford Upon Avon Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford Upon Avon
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Cornish Bank, Falmouth Cornish Bank, Falmouth
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Kings Place, London Kings Place, London
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Bridgwater Arts Centre, Somerset Bridgwater Arts Centre, Somerset
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron The Art House, Southampton The Art House, Southampton


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New solo album from Rob Harbron. Original compositions and settings of traditional tunes played on solo English concertina.

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