Emily Portman rounds off a frenetic yet fulfilling year with a final tour to introduce audiences to her new big band, The Coracle Band.
Nominated for folk singer of the year at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Emily Portman takes to the road in December 2016, flanked by her regular collaborators, Rachel Newton and Lucy Farrell, but augmented by fiddler Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead) and guitarist M G Boulter (Lucky Strikes), with percussion duties shared between Will Schrimshaw and Pete Flood (Bellowhead).
The forthcoming tour recognises the musician’s growing profile with dates confirmed at venues renowned for programming the finest in folk and contemporary music.
Emily Portman & The Coracle Band Tour Dates
1.12 MAC Birmingham
2.12 Pontio, Bangor
3.12 Liverpool Philharmonic
9.12 Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
11.12 Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton
15.12 Leeds College of Music
Known for her exploration of the dark and eerie, Emily’s songs are the perfect soundtrack to wintry evenings. And with the addition of unexpected instrumentation, such as saw, harp, and percussion, Emily is enjoying the prospect of introducing audiences to her new personnel – and the chance to hear her songs in a new light.
‘It’s such a privilege to be able to take such accomplished musicians on the road, to give my songs and stories a different dimension with this fuller, expansive sound,’ Emily says. ‘It gives us the chance to experiment, try new things. I can’t quite believe my luck!’
The tour will see Emily showcase material from her 2015 album, Coracle, alongside specially selected seasonal songs.
Coracle was enthusiastically received by the music press, read our album review here.