Emily Portman and Rob Harbron: Folk


Venue Great Hall

Running time 90 minutes

Artists Emily Portman, Rob Harbron


£15 - £20 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 4th August 7:45 pm

Book online below

About this event

A Dartington first. Hailed as one of the most beguiling voices on the folk scene, BBC folk award nominee Emily Portman conjures dark netherworlds, where folklore and myth collide with urban landscapes. Her latest album Coracle is described as ‘a marvellous, original work’ by The Observer, and counts Jarvis Cocker amongst its many fans. Absolutely unmissable.


Emily Portman – voice and banjo
Rob Harbron –  folk fiddle, concertina and guitar


Don’t miss our other folk events this week:
Poetry and music with Katrina Porteous
Harbottle and Jonas sing of the sea
The legendary Alistair Anderson
Folk in the White Hart
As I Walked Out One Morning
The Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band


Emily Portman is the 2013 holder of the BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Original Song, and was nominated for Best Singer in the 2016 Folk Awards. She is also part of The Furrow Collective, awarded Best Band in the 2017 BBC Folk Awards.  With her debut fairy tale-inspired album The Glamoury and lullaby-themed Hatchling also gaining her critical acclaim, Emily is fast becoming a luminary of the UK folk scene, sharing stages with folk legends including Martin Simpson and Waterson:Carthy. Emily tours extensively; she has received widespread international radio-play, performed live sessions for BBC Radio 2 and 6, and reached Mojo’s top ten album lists.


Rob Harbron is a sought-after multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, and one of the country’s leading players of the English concertina. He is a member of Leveret (alongside Sam Sweeney and Andy Cutting), with whom he has toured extensively and released three landmark albums, the most recent of which is comprised entirely of original compositions from the trio. He is also known for his work with Emma Reid, Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, and The Full English, and recently composed, recorded and toured Sam Sweeney’s acclaimed Made in the Great War show.

About our Summer Concerts

This concert is part of the Dartington International Summer School & Festival, a month-long musical celebration, encompassing shared music making, learning and listening.

Our extensive public concert series utilises a faculty of internationally renowned and emerging musicians to create a stunning cross-genre programme of over 100 concerts and events. Set against the backdrop of Dartington’s striking medieval Great Hall, the Summer School’s concert series presents the highest levels of performance in a carefully curated collection of classic works and “made for Dartington” exclusives. Full listings for the Summer School concert series can be found here.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Summer School’s music courses, you can find out further details here.

Food and drink

Head up to the Dartington estate early to enjoy our pre-concert food offerings. The Green Table café will be staying open late during the festival, plating up fresh and seasonal local food and drinks. Next to the Great Hall, The White Hart restaurant and bar will be serving a selection of food, along with a broad range of quality drinks and between concert nibbles.

Book now

Select a time below to begin your online booking. You can also contact our Box Office daily, 1–7pm.
Phone: 01803 847070 | boxoffice@dartington.org

Sunday 4th August

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.