NEWS

Workshop video 

Thanks to everyone who came to my first online English concertina workshop recently, where I discussed my approach to creating solo arrangements of tunes.  Don't worry if you missed it - I've made the video available for indefinite access on my teaching page.  I'm planning more workshop in the months to come so if you're interested, please join my mailing list or let me know if there are any specific topics you'd like me to cover.

Online solo gig 

I had a plan to do some solo gigs last year, so I'd have chance to play the material I recorded on Meanders in public a bit more.  Of course that didn't happen for obvious reasons, so I've decided to do an online gig this month.  It's on January 21st, which happens to be exactly two years to the day since I set off to the studio to record Meanders. 

Inspired by the online gigs I've done with Leveret and Emily Portman for Live To Your Living Room, it'll take place over Zoom, but I'm hosting it myself so tickets are only available here.  You'll get a link to the 'meeting' and a passcode so all you'll need is a free zoom account. 

There'll be a chance to ask questions and I'll be using top-notch mics and audio equipment so the sound quality should be great.  I'm also doing a workshop a couple of days later where I'll explore some of the processes and techniques I use to turn a tune into an arrangement. 

Please join me on January 21st!  Tickets are per connection rather than per person watching but numbers are limited so please order now.

Zoom workshop 

I'm planning a series of workshops over Zoom this year, some specifically for English concertina players and some for players of any instrument.  Please drop me a line if there's a particular subject you'd like me to cover.

The first workshop will be on Saturday Jan 23rd from 10.30am.  It'll follow on from my Zoom solo gig on Jan 21st, and I'll be looking at the way I develop a tune into an arrangement and exploring some of the techniques involved, including how I use chords and the bellows.  It's aimed mostly at English. concertina players but is open to anyone who would find it interesting.  It'll last for an hour and half or so and there'll be time to ask questions. 

I will record the workshop and send a link to people who've bought tickets afterwards so you can watch again.

Places are limited so please book in advance - the cost is £12 and tickets are available here.

#FolkForChristmas 

Folk musicians need your support this Christmas. You can help keep our folk scene afloat into the new year by buying direct from creators.  Follow the hashtag #FolkForChristmas for your Christmas shopping to support artists, share the music, and spread the joy.

I've got albums and tunebooks for mail order or download.  I am also offering concertina tuition vouchers - please contact me for details

For more #FolkForChristmas ideas, search the hashtag on social media or click here for a random #FolkForChrismas idea!

Concertina teaching 

I teach the English Concertina online over Zoom - regular lessons or one-offs, from beginners through to advanced.  I also offer tuition vouchers you can buy for your concertina-playing family and friends!  Please contact me for more details.

Folk in The Fall at Kings Place 

Alan Bearman Music and Kings Place are working together to present Folk in the Fall - a day of live, socially distanced folk music performances in a lovely (and Covid-secure) venue.  Originally planned for November it has been rescheduled to December 19th.  A few tickets left for my gig with Emily Portman - more information and bookings here.

Meanders - a Rob Harbron Tunebook 

Now available... a new tunebook containing 54 original and adapted tunes - all the tunes from Meanders plus many more of Rob's compositions including Dundas, The Road To Poynton, Rain on the Woodpile and many more.  Includes suggested chords and notes on background and interpretation, printed on high quality 100% recycled stock.

This is also available as a pdf download.  And, as a bonus, if you've bought the tunebook or download and you want to try a tune in a different key from what's printed, you can drop me a line and I'll send you a the tune transposed to the key of your choice!

Leveret - Variations Live 

Leveret have just released Variations Live - a live double CD, recorded live on the road during February 2020.  It's a limited edition run of only 1000 copies, and only a couple of hundred are left.  Visit www.leveretband.com to buy yours.

Meanders

This is my solo CD Meanders, recorded over two days last year.  11 tracks of self-composed and traditional tunes, with photography by Camilla Greenwell and an all-cardboard Digifile designed by Robin Beatty.  I'm really happy with it and delighted to have finally done it! Listen to a preview track and order now!

The Servants' Ball

Inspired by a set list from Scan Tester's Country Dance Band, this new CD of music, song and step dancing is a contemporary take on the music that was played by dance bands in the 1920s & 30s. Ewan Wardrop (vocals, ukulele, step dance), Rob Harbron (concertina), Ben Paley (fiddle), Ben Nicholls (double bass), Julian Hinton (piano), Evan Jenkins (drums)  Order now or listen to a preview track

This year's English Acoustic Collective Summer School is postponed due to COVID-19. We will release details about next year's course as soon as possible.

This year's English Acoustic Collective Summer School is postponed due to COVID-19. We will release details about next year's course as soon as possible.

Gigs

Previous events

Date Event Location
Concertina Workshop - turning a tune into an arrangement Zoom Zoom
Rob Harbron - live on Zoom  
Leveret Kings Place Folk in the Fall Kings Place Folk in the Fall
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Kings Place Folk in the Fall Kings Place Folk in the Fall
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Live to your Living Room Live to your Living Room
CANCELLED - Leveret Exeter Phoenix Exeter Phoenix
CANCELLED - Leveret Huntingdon Hall, Worcester Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
CANCELLED - Leveret Canton St John Music, Cardiff Canton St John Music, Cardiff
Leveret Soundhouse at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Soundhouse at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Leveret Waterside, Sale Waterside, Sale
Leveret Sage Gateshead Sage Gateshead
Leveret Kings Place, London Kings Place, London
Leveret New Room, Bristol New Room, Bristol
Emily Portman, Rob Harbron & Emma Reid plus the National Youth Folk Ensemble Philharmonic Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, Liverpool
The Servants' Ball Museum of English Rural Life, Reading Museum of English Rural Life, Reading
The Servants' Ball The Coast Cafe, Worthing The Coast Cafe, Worthing
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
Rob Harbron - solo and with Emily Portman Lansdown Hall, Stroud Lansdown Hall, Stroud
Yuletide Folk Festival - Eclectic Voices & the English Acoustic Collective St Paul's Church, Covent Garden St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
The Servants' Ball - album preview Christmas party Cecil Sharp House, London Cecil Sharp House, London

Meanders

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New solo album from Rob Harbron. Original compositions and settings of traditional tunes played on solo English concertina.

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