NEWS

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 EmilyandRob.uk 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 EmilyandRob.uk.

 

 

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.

Gigs!! with Emily Portman 

Really looking forward to these gigs in April.  Stay tuned for news of our debut album, due for release later this year.

English Acoustic Collective Summer School 

This year's English Acoustic Collective summer school will take place at Ruskin Mill in Gloucestershire from July 18th-22nd.  Founded by Chris Wood and led since 2009 by Rob Harbron, the course takes a holistic approach to instrumental music, exploring pulse, groove, harmony, composition and ensemble playing.  This year's summer school is now open for applications and we are delighted that the English Folk Dance and Song Society are funding two bursaries for musicians of diverse ethnicity to attend the  summer school.  Full info and application forms on the Summer School page.

Online concertina workshops 

I really enjoyed doing these two workshops - one covering phrasing, articulation and bellows technique, and exploring chords and harmony.  They're available on my teaching page for viewing at your leisure!

Nocturne 

Over the last few months I've been working remotely with Timothy Johnston who's been composing a new piece of solo concertina music in consultation with me.  I've really enjoyed working on it - it's involved finding my way round a few bits of tricky fingering but it's been a really great process to take part in and I really like the piece.  You can listen to it here or watch the video... 

Gigs..! 

I have one more gig for 2021 - reuniting with Chris Wood and John Dipper to play alongside Eclectic Voices for a Yuletide concert in London on December 18th.

Leveret are touring in March 2022 - really looking forward to being back on the road.  Sheffield, Stroud, Reading, Cardiff... full dates on the Gigs page.

 

Online Concertina workshops 

I'm doing two online workshops in the new year focusing on different areas of English concertina technique - one on bellows, phrasing, tone and articulation, and one looking at approaches to chords and harmony.  They'll take place over zoom, and I'll send out supporting material - tunes, charts, exercises and so on.  There'll be chance to ask questions and I'll have a second camera in operation to show closeups of fingering and bellows techniques.

I'll record both workshops send a link out afterwards so anyone who buys a ticket will have indefinite access.  Full details and tickets on my teaching page.  

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.

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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