Halsway Weekend with Emily Portman 


Emily and I will be leading a weekend at Halsway Manor in July, looking at folk songs and accompaniments.  We're aiming the weekend at singers who like to work with accompaniment, accompanists who'd like to work with singers and self-accompanists.  It's a new workshop for us and we're really looking forward to exploring this interesting area and sharing some of what we do as a duo.  Places available - bookings and more info from Halsway Manor.

There's also a gig on the Saturday night, July 8th which is open to the public as well as workshop participants.

Summer School open for applications 

Happy to announce that this year's Summer School is now open for applications.  Taking place in the inspiring surroundings of Ruskin Mill, it's open to instrumentalists who are happy working by ear and keen to develop their own personal styles of playing. Over the years a lot of musicians have taking part in the summer and a lot of tunes have been written in that valley!  If you're interested in bring part of this year's group, full info and application forms are on the Summer School page.

Time Was Away tour part two 

Emily and I are really looking forward to the second part of our album launch tour - visiting some lovely venues.  Ticket info on the gigs page or from Advance ticket-buying very much appreciated!

Leveret tour - March 2023 

Leveret are hitting the road in March for the first of two tours marking ten years of playing together.  We've got a new album on the way and some great new tunes that we're really looking forward to playing - alongside some old favourites.  Do come and see us - ticket info on the gigs page or at  Please buy your tickets early if you can and tell all your friends!

Online workshops and teaching 

The nights are drawing in so what better way to while away the hours than with concertina practice! I've got two online workshops coming up. The first will look at how I go about playing for Morris - exploring specific ways of using harmony, articulation, variation and the bellows that work well in a Morris setting plus some practical advice on supporting the instrument.  The second will cover how I go about accompanying song, with ideas about harmony, rhythm and supporting the singer that are relevant to anyone accompanying themselves or someone else.

The workshops will take place live on zoom and I'll record them, edit them slightly and send a link out so you can view them in your own time as often as you like.  I've gone for 4pm UK time as last time I did online workshops a lot of people in the US had to get up extremely early!  Tickets available on my teaching page.

I'm also booking in one-to-one lessons over the next couple of months, either over zoom or in person here in Stroud, so do get in touch if that's of interest.

Gigs and online albums launch 

Emily and I are really looking forward to some gigs soon to promote Time Was Away - Wiltshire Music Centre on Nov 5, Cornish Bank in Falmouth on Nov 6, Kings Place London on Nov 10 and Southampton's Art House on Nov 12.

We're also doing a special online album launch gig on Nov 11 where we'll be performing all the songs on the album live on zoom and talking about the songs and making of the record, with time for Q&A and probably a few more songs as well. Tickets are available on our duo website and cost just £10, or £20 for a bundle including a copy of the album too.  Hope to see you there!

New album!! 

I'm delighted to announce Time Was Away, my new duo album with Emily Portman.  Recorded by Andy Bell, this album has been a joy to make and we're delighted to bring it out into the world now.

Release date is 25/11/22 but pre-orders will be sent out imminently date so if you want to hear it as soon as you can please pre-order now.  



The first three tracks from the album are already on streaming - our first single Meeting Point, plus The Health and Borstal Boy, so do give them a listen.  And have a look at the video we made for Meeting Point, filmed down the road in the village hall!

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We're on the road in November promoting the album and keep an eye out for more gigs in the spring to be announced soon.  As ever, please buy your tickets in advance if you can!  And have a look at our lovely new website at



Leveret October tour 

Really looking forward to hitting the road again with Leveret next month - 8 gigs then straight off to record a new album that'll be out next year.  Visiting some new venues and some old favourites, including the Lewes Saturday Folk club where we're also doing daytime workshops on concertina, fiddle and melodeon.  Ticket links on the gigs page or the Leveret website.


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.


Previous events

Date Event Location
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Fishguard Folk Festival Fishguard Folk Festival
Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron, Miranda Rutter The Folk, Gloucester The Folk, Gloucester
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Folk Weekend Oxford Folk Weekend Oxford
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Online - Live to your Living Room Online - Live to your Living Room
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Bridgwater Arts Centre Bridgwater Arts Centre
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron The Prince Albert, Stroud The Prince Albert, Stroud
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Hornblotton Village Hall, Somerset Hornblotton Village Hall, Somerset
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron The Spring, Havant The Spring, Havant
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Dartington Hall, Totnes Dartington Hall, Totnes
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Kings Place, London Kings Place, London
Rob Harbron English concertina workshop - Song Accompaniment English concertina workshop - Song Accompaniment
Rob Harbron English concertina workshop - playing for Morris English concertina workshop - playing for Morris
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron The Art House, Southampton The Art House, Southampton
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Online gig / album launch / q&a Online gig / album launch / q&a
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Kings Place, London Kings Place, London
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Cornish Bank, Falmouth Cornish Bank, Falmouth
Emily Portman & Rob Harbron Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford Upon Avon Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford Upon Avon
Rob Harbron Concertina workshops - Lewes Concertina workshops - Lewes
Leveret Lewes Saturday Folk Club Lewes Saturday Folk Club
Leveret Folk House, Bristol Folk House, Bristol


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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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