The Sandlings Sessions

I’m excited to be taking part in the first Sandlings Sessions, organised by the team behind the lovely Folk East festival.  Sandlings is a weekend of workshops and performances that will be of interest to instrumentalists and singers and it takes place at the wonderful Snape Maltings in Suffolk from 3rd-5th of February.  A lovely way to start a year of music making – hope to see you there.  Find out more here…

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 – 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 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


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.


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

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


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