NEWS

Gigs!!! 

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!

Teaching 

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.

Workshop video 

Thanks to everyone who came to my first online English concertina workshop recently, where I discussed my approach to creating solo arrangements of tunes.  Don't worry if you missed it - I've made the video available for indefinite access on my teaching page.  I'm planning more workshop in the months to come so if you're interested, please join my mailing list or let me know if there are any specific topics you'd like me to cover.

Online solo gig 

I had a plan to do some solo gigs last year, so I'd have chance to play the material I recorded on Meanders in public a bit more.  Of course that didn't happen for obvious reasons, so I've decided to do an online gig this month.  It's on January 21st, which happens to be exactly two years to the day since I set off to the studio to record Meanders. 

Inspired by the online gigs I've done with Leveret and Emily Portman for Live To Your Living Room, it'll take place over Zoom, but I'm hosting it myself so tickets are only available here.  You'll get a link to the 'meeting' and a passcode so all you'll need is a free zoom account. 

There'll be a chance to ask questions and I'll be using top-notch mics and audio equipment so the sound quality should be great.  I'm also doing a workshop a couple of days later where I'll explore some of the processes and techniques I use to turn a tune into an arrangement. 

Please join me on January 21st!  Tickets are per connection rather than per person watching but numbers are limited so please order now.

Zoom workshop 

I'm planning a series of workshops over Zoom this year, some specifically for English concertina players and some for players of any instrument.  Please drop me a line if there's a particular subject you'd like me to cover.

The first workshop will be on Saturday Jan 23rd from 10.30am.  It'll follow on from my Zoom solo gig on Jan 21st, and I'll be looking at the way I develop a tune into an arrangement and exploring some of the techniques involved, including how I use chords and the bellows.  It's aimed mostly at English. concertina players but is open to anyone who would find it interesting.  It'll last for an hour and half or so and there'll be time to ask questions. 

I will record the workshop and send a link to people who've bought tickets afterwards so you can watch again.

Places are limited so please book in advance - the cost is £12 and tickets are available here.

#FolkForChristmas 

Folk musicians need your support this Christmas. You can help keep our folk scene afloat into the new year by buying direct from creators.  Follow the hashtag #FolkForChristmas for your Christmas shopping to support artists, share the music, and spread the joy.

I've got albums and tunebooks for mail order or download.  I am also offering concertina tuition vouchers - please contact me for details

For more #FolkForChristmas ideas, search the hashtag on social media or click here for a random #FolkForChrismas idea!

Concertina teaching 

I teach the English Concertina online over Zoom - regular lessons or one-offs, from beginners through to advanced.  I also offer tuition vouchers you can buy for your concertina-playing family and friends!  Please contact me for more details.

Folk in The Fall at Kings Place 

Alan Bearman Music and Kings Place are working together to present Folk in the Fall - a day of live, socially distanced folk music performances in a lovely (and Covid-secure) venue.  Originally planned for November it has been rescheduled to December 19th.  A few tickets left for my gig with Emily Portman - more information and bookings here.

Meanders - a Rob Harbron Tunebook 

Now available... a new tunebook containing 54 original and adapted tunes - all the tunes from Meanders plus many more of Rob's compositions including Dundas, The Road To Poynton, Rain on the Woodpile and many more.  Includes suggested chords and notes on background and interpretation, printed on high quality 100% recycled stock.

This is also available as a pdf download.  And, as a bonus, if you've bought the tunebook or download and you want to try a tune in a different key from what's printed, you can drop me a line and I'll send you a the tune transposed to the key of your choice!

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

Previous events

Date Event Location
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Forest Arts, New Milton Forest Arts, New Milton
Leveret The Fleece, Bretforton The Fleece, Bretforton
Leveret The Prince Albert, Stroud The Prince Albert, Stroud
Leveret Wiltshire Music Centre Wiltshire Music Centre
Leveret Cecil Sharp House, London Cecil Sharp House, London
Leveret Stoller Hall, Manchester Stoller Hall, Manchester
Leveret Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Leveret Live To Your Living Room - live stream Live To Your Living Room - live stream
Leveret Reeth Memorial Hall Reeth Memorial Hall
The Servants' Ball Great Barn Festival, Oxfordshire Great Barn Festival, Oxfordshire
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Magpie's Nest: Bristol at St George's Magpie's Nest: Bristol at St George's
Concertina Workshop - turning a tune into an arrangement Zoom Zoom
Rob Harbron - live on Zoom  
Leveret Kings Place Folk in the Fall Kings Place Folk in the Fall
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Kings Place Folk in the Fall Kings Place Folk in the Fall
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Live to your Living Room Live to your Living Room
CANCELLED - Leveret Exeter Phoenix Exeter Phoenix
CANCELLED - Leveret Huntingdon Hall, Worcester Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
CANCELLED - Leveret Canton St John Music, Cardiff Canton St John Music, Cardiff
Leveret Soundhouse at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Soundhouse at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

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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