To celebrate the culmination of the Single Gloucester project, which has made available online all the traditional songs and tunes collected in Gloucestershire, I’ll be taking part in a special festival day in Gloucester on October 30th.
Emily Portman, Sam Sweeney, Miranda Rutter and I will be performing a one-off concert set of songs and tunes from the Gloucestershire archives, and the concert will also feature John Spiers and the Bristol Ceilidh Quartet. I’ll be doing a concertina workshop during the day and Sam and Miranda will lead a fiddle workshop.
Full details and ticket information available here or on Facebook and you can browse the archive at glostrad.com– it’s well worth a look.
Sam, Andy and I are looking forward to our next UK tour in September, including a London gig at the wonderful King’s Place as well as our first ever gig in Scotland. See the gigs page for full details or visit www.LeveretBand.com for all our news. We’re also planning some exciting things for next year including a UK tour in March (now booking through Alan Bearman Music) and tours of Ireland and Germany.
Our gig in Lewes on September 10th also includes all day concertina, fiddle and melodeon workshops. For full details and to sign up please visit the Lewes Saturday Folk Club web site.
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.
You can also hear it on the new Leveret CD In The Round … which is now available here.
After 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
It’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!
Rob Harbron and Emma Reid ‘Flock and Fly’
Recorded by Sigge Krantz
Special guest Göran Wennerbrandt
Artwork by Lizzy Doe
We 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.