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Emily Portman needs no introduction to regulars at the club and this will be her Trio’s second visit to the Institute. A wonderful singer, and concertina and banjo player, Emily is renowned for her interpretation of English folksong and, more recently, as a writer of complex and darkly surreal songs, part inspired by traditional balladry and part by rich literary sources, from the myth of Leda and the Swan to the magical realism of Angela Carter. She won the 2013 BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Original Song for her composition Hatchlings.
The other members of the trio are singer, viola and musical saw player Lucy Farrell and singer and harpist Rachel Newton. The combination of Emily’s ethereal voice and the trio's entrancing harmonies, plus their haunting arrangements, bewitch the audience with songs of dark deeds and strange enchantment – “the raw stuff of the great ballads” (Mike Harding).
Emily’s third album is scheduled for release at the end of 2014 and the trio will be showcasing this new material in their November tour.
“Emily recasts antique folk and myth into stunning shapes ... remarkable and original” The Observer
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