West Country Traditional Music Day

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.

Leveret UK Tour – September 2016

Leveret 2016 webSam, 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.

Summer Schools and teaching

WEB-FLYERThere are now just two places left on this year’s English Acoustic Collective summer school (Jul 18-22) … if you’re interested in coming please visit the website now to find out more.

I’ll be teaching concertina on this year’s Folkworks Adult Summer School in Durham (Aug 8-13).  Find out more here.

I’m also doing a concertina workshop at Lewes on September 10th in connection with Leveret’s gig at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club – info and bookings here.

For one to one lessons, either while I’m on tour, here in Gloucestershire, or via SKYPE, please send me a message on the Contact page.

Rob & Emma – album launch tour

RobandEmma-tour-flyer-webEmma and I are on the road again in April, to launch our new CD Flock & Fly. Please come along…we’ve got a couple of house concerts to get us going, followed by:

April 2nd – Prema Arts Centre, Uley, Glos
Concertina & fiddle workshops, 4.30pmGig 8pm

April 3rd – El Rincon, Bedminster, Bristol
Afternoon gig, 2pm • Get tickets here

April 4th – The Green Note, Camden, London
Doors 7pm, Gig 8.30pm • Get tickets here

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


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!

flockandfly-cover-full-500pxRob Harbron and Emma Reid ‘Flock and Fly’

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.