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Hello and welcome … and apologies for leaving my old, outdated site up for so long that people were trying to get ticket for gigs which actually took place a year ago!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!
Please let me know what you think with the email form on the Contact page or via Twitter.
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.
Here’s a tune I made up years ago, when I was working with clog dance group 6 Foot 3. I was trying to write a tune in which the A and B parts work on top of each other, which they do! The chords are open to variation, of course, but I really like it if it stays hanging at the end of each part and doesn’t resolve to the D chord until the start of the next part. By G/A I mean a g chord over an A root, but any sort of open, ambiguous, unresolved chord it fine! I sometimes use a G instead of the B minors, or an E minor instead of the G, and so on.
Here I am playing it with Leveret (the tune before it is Glory of the Sun, from Playford, if you go back to the start of the video):
Tim van Eyken and I recorded it on our album One Sunday Afternoon way back in 2001, link to follow. It was also recorded by Meridian, who wrote a cool tune called The Road to Paignton to follow it, and also by Bjönsdotter • Reid. Happy playing…
Two tunes I wrote while working in a trio with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan around 2008/9, both inspired by contemporary old-time tunes. In Request Stop I usually replace the first bar of the A and B part repeats with the fifth bar of the respective part, if that makes any sense!
And here we are playing the set at Cheltenham Folk Festival in 2008…