NEWS

New EP - As The Days Begin to Lengthen 

I'm delighted to release this five-track EP of instrumentals inspired by the lengthening days of January.  Over a week of January last year I wrote and recorded a tune each day, layering up concertina, mandolin and guitar and exploring some different time signatures and structures, and it was initially released for the Hudson Records subscriber club.  I'm delighted to be releasing it more widely now, in the season that inspired it. 

You can download it now from the Music page or get it in your choice of format from my Bandcamp page.  There's a digital booklet with track notes that also features a few of my photographs.  It will also be on streaming from Jan 22nd but please be aware that even if you pay for a streaming subscription, the amount small artists receive for each stream is fractions of a penny. 

Leveret Tour April 2024 

Leveret are out on the road in April and we're looking forward to visiting some new venues for us, including a couple of gigs in Wales and also the amazing acoustic of Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea.  We're also delighted to be back at Reeth and at South Street, and we're rounding things off at Lansdown in Stroud. Ticket links on the gigs page or visit Leveretband.com for more info.

Emily Portman & Rob Harbron tour 

Emily and I are about to start this short tour visiting some great venues.  We'll be playing songs from Time Was Away as well as some others from our duo repertoire including a new song or two and a couple that explore themes suitable for Halloween!

The National Centre for Early Music is a great venue and a suitably atmospheric setting for a Halloween gig; we then make a first visit to the highly regarded Temperance in Leamington Spa and then head on to Exeter Pheonix, always a great venue to visit.  Then we've got a special gig in the Tudor gem that is The Folk of Gloucester (formerly Gloucester Folk Museum) - an amazing historic building that's well worth a visit - and we round things off in lovely Ludlow at the Assembly Rooms.

We're really looking forward to these duo gigs so please do come along if you can.  All ticket links are at https://emilyandrob.uk/gigs.  We'll be announcing a longer tour in March 2024 shortly.

Halsway Weekend with Emily Portman 

 

Emily and I will be leading a weekend at Halsway Manor in July, looking at folk songs and accompaniments.  We're aiming the weekend at singers who like to work with accompaniment, accompanists who'd like to work with singers and self-accompanists.  It's a new workshop for us and we're really looking forward to exploring this interesting area and sharing some of what we do as a duo.  Places available - bookings and more info from Halsway Manor.

There's also a gig on the Saturday night, July 8th which is open to the public as well as workshop participants.

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.

Gigs

Date Event Location
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron The Music Institute Folk Club, Guildford The Music Institute Folk Club, Guildford
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron TwickFolk, Twickenham TwickFolk, Twickenham
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Colchester Arts Centre Colchester Arts Centre
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Dartford Folk Club Dartford Folk Club
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron The Spring, Havant The Spring, Havant
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Bridgwater Arts Centre Bridgwater Arts Centre
Leveret Pavillion Arts Centre, Buxton Pavillion Arts Centre, Buxton
Leveret Reeth Memorial Hall Reeth Memorial Hall
Leveret Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
Leveret South Street Arts Centre, Reading South Street Arts Centre, Reading
Leveret Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff
Leveret Pontardawe Arts Centre Pontardawe Arts Centre
Leveret Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea
Leveret Lansdown Hall, Stroud Lansdown Hall, Stroud

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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