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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
After 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.
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 Tuneslink. More to follow!
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Here’s a tune I wrote when I was experimenting with different phrase lengths and structures – trying to find out how irregular a tune can be and still work by ear, really. I used to play it in the English Acoustic Collective, and taught it on the EAC Summer School one year.
And here are Sam and I playing it at a house concert in Cambridgeshire … a little bit quicker than I usually would and with a few ‘variations’ from me the first time through as I remembered it! I usually play it AABBAABBCC, as we do here.