NEWS

New album!! 

I'm delighted to announce Time Was Away, my new duo album with Emily Portman.  Recorded by Andy Bell, this album has been a joy to make and we're delighted to bring it out into the world now.

Release date is 25/11/22.  Pre-orders will be sent out before the release date so if you want to hear at as soon as you can please pre-order now.  

 

 

We're on the road in November promoting the album and keep an eye out for more gigs in the spring to be announced soon.  As ever, please buy your tickets in advance if you can!  And have a look at our lovely new website at EmilyandRob.uk.

 

Leveret October tour 

Really looking forward to hitting the road again with Leveret next month - 8 gigs then straight off to record a new album that'll be out next year.  Visiting some new venues and some old favourites, including the Lewes Saturday Folk club where we're also doing daytime workshops on concertina, fiddle and melodeon.  Ticket links on the gigs page or the Leveret website.

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!

Nocturne 

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... 

Gigs..! 

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.  

Sale!! 

 

All CDs and my tunebook are currently reduced...please visit the Shop page 

Meanders

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.

Gigs

Date Event Location
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
Leveret Lewes Saturday Folk Club Lewes Saturday Folk Club
Rob Harbron Concertina workshops - Lewes Concertina workshops - Lewes
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

Meanders

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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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