Dundas

Here’s a tune I wrote about ten years ago when I lived on a narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon Canal.  One of my favourite places was close to the Dundas Basin, where there was a great place to moor up looking over the valley towards Brassknocker Hill.  I remember Verity Sharp coming to record me playing this tune there for a fantastic programme she made called England In Ribbons.

I hadn’t played it for a while, and then when Leveret started playing together I dug it out.  I used to play it in C but I’m really enjoying playing in Bb at the moment, and that’s the key Leveret play it in.  Here we are playing it live at Muziekclub ‘t Ey in Belsele, Belgium.

Dundas

You can also hear it on the new Leveret CD In The Round … which is now available here.

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Rob & Emma Gigs

Samovar-RobandEmmaposter-A4-smallAfter some lovely gigs in Sweden this Autumn, Emma Reid and I have a short UK tour in December.  We’ll have some pre-release copies of our new album with us, and it will be available online soon too.  We’re also booking a short tour for April next year, so please drop me a line if you’d like to book us or know of a venue who might.

December 3rd – workshops and house concert, Stockport, Cheshire. Details from 07788993127 or tom@tomkitching.co.uk

December 4th – Samovar Tea House Ely, Cambridgeshire 01353 662160 | Buy tickets online

December 5th – Private house concert

December 6th – The Cross Keys, Selattyn, nr Oswestry, Shropshire SY10 7DH
Tickets £8 (child £4) – from The Gates gift shop, Church St, Oswestry (next to Honeysuckle), or from Jock on 01691 791500 or jockt66@gmail.com

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Leveret Autumn Tour

leveret-flyer-oct15Leveret are back on the road in October, with new material from a forthcoming live album … catch us at one of the following shows…

October 1st – Cecil Sharp House, London (in the round)
October 2nd – Glemham Hall, Suffolk
October 3rd – Derby Folk Festival
October 4th – The Folk House, Bristol
October 6th – Worthing Pier, Worthing
October 7th – The Bowerhouse, Maidstone
October 8th – Little Missenden Village Hall, Bucks
October 9th – Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
October 10th – Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth
October 11th – Sage Gateshead

And we’re really looking forward to a few dates in Belgium and Holland at the end of October:

October 29th – De Oosterpoort, Groningen, NL
October 30th – Belsele, Belgium
October 31st – Dranouter, Belgium
November 1st – Limberg, Blgium

Rob Harbron and Emma Reid

standing2It’s been a few years since Emma Reid and I have done any playing together in the UK, but in between Emma’s maternity breaks, we’ve a had a few lovely small tours in Sweden and we’ve even found time to record a lovely new album which will be available on this site soon.

We are now booking some short tours of small venues in the UK – we’ve found in the past that our duo works really well in house concerts and informal settings.  Dates will be announced soon but we are currently looking for gigs on December 4th 2015 and April 1-7 2016.  Our full biog is here…if you’d like to book us or are interested in hosting a house concert, please get in touch!

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Available soon!

Recorded by Sigge Krantz
Special guest Göran Wennerbrandt
Artwork by Lizzy Doe

Made In The Great War – touring September 2015

tourBanner3We will be revisiting the Made In the Great War show in September.  The show tells the story of Sam’s fiddle and its maker, musician and amatuer luthier Richard Spencer Howard.  The fiddle was carved in 1915 but Howard was called up to the Great War before he could complete it.  A poignant and inspiring multimedia show featuring narration by master storyteller Hugh Lupton, music by Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron with Paul Sartin, and lighting and video by Emma Thompson. Full tour dates here.

The Full English – The Final Tour

The Full English - group shot 1MBAfter several years, two tours, an album and two BBC Folk Awards, it’s time for The Full English to call it a day and move on to other projects.  It’s been a really amazing collaboration to be part of and it’s really reminded me how much undiscovered material there is in the archives at www.vwml.org, not to mention other sources in books and online.

We have a nine day tour coming up, including a final gig at Cecil Sharp House in London, where we did our first ever performance in 2013.

02/05/15 Bristol Folk Festival
03/05/15 Sheffield The Lyceum
04/05/15 Lincoln Engine Shed
05/05/15 Liverpool St George’s Hall Concert Room
06/05/15 Harrogate Royal Theatre
07/05/15 Birmingham Town Hall
08/05/15 Basingstoke Anvil
09/05/15 Hastings St Mary in the Castle phone sales only 01323 841414
10/05/15 London Cecil Sharp House

Please do take this last chance to see us!

Leveret festivals

Leveret 2 lo resReally looking forward to playing at various festivals this summer with Leveret, starting with Bristol Folk Festival on May 2nd. We’re also doing Folk @ The Maltings, St Albans (July 10th), Folk at the Hall, Trelawnyd (July 11th), Priddy Folk Festival, Somerset (July 12th), Sidmouth Folk Week (August 6th) and Folk East, Suffolk (August 22nd).

Hope to see you at one (or more) of them…

New year, new website!

Hello and welcome … and apologies for leaving my old, outdated site up for so long that people were trying to get ticket for gigs which actually took place a year ago!

I’ve finally made the switch to WordPress to make it easier to add new content, and I’ve started a project of uploading dots and Youtube clips of tunes that I’ve written over the years – click the Tunes link.  More to follow!

Please let me know what you think with the email form on the Contact page or via Twitter.

All the best,
Rob