with: The Horse Loom / Bridie Jackson
and : Lomax the Songhunter (film)
Star + Shadow Cinema
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Saturday, November 22 at 7:30pm
“From the first moment I heard Emily sing, I knew that she was special. She is beautiful and charming, and with her love of the tradition and her well-chosen songs, she graces the English folk scene” – Shirley Collins
“Her songs are rooted in the English tradition, but with a visceral and mysterious edge. Her take on the old ballads is all too contemporary” – Wat Tyler
Hailing from Glastonbury, Emily Portman is a singer, writer and English concertina player with a passion for traditional narratives. Best known for her interpretations of English folk ballads, Emily is one of the brightest young stars on the British folk scene, having worked with Waterson:Carthy and Shirley Collins and appearing on BBC Radio 2, Late Junction on Radio 3, and on the fRoots magazine October playlist.
One time member of harmony trio (and BBC folk-award nominees!) The Devil’s Interval, Emily is now a member of Rubus, also performing as a duo with Lauren McCormick (recently appearing at the South Bank as part of Shirley Collins’s ‘Folk Roots New Routes’ festival). She was also featured as a soloist on the BBC’s recent adaptation of ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’.
Less well known are her original compositions, which she showcases at the Star & Shadow on November 22 2008. These visceral visions of a darker, more brutal Albion, have more in common with PJ Harvey than they do with many on the folk circuit, and are shot through with hints of Robert Wyatt, Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Elemental and primal, these are tales that hearken back to a pre-industrial Britain awash with blood, sea-water, dying breaths and women’s tears.
Emily’s first headlining gig in Newcastle will see the emergence of a major new star, and accompanied by a group of musicians who truly reflect the best of young British folk (including Kate Young, Kate Farrell, Christi Andropolis, Will Scrimshaw and Dave Newey), this will be a gig that you’ll talk about attending for years to come.
Emily will be supported by Bridie Jackson (recently described by Narc magazine as “beautifully sparse and riotous, raucous new folk”), and the John Fahey-like guitar of the Horse Loom.
An added extra (for those arriving early) will be a showing of Lomax the Songhunter, a passionate musical road movie exploring the life and music of the legendary Alan Lomax.
Emily Portman: http://www.myspace.com/121645002
Bridie Jackson: http://www.myspace.com/bridiejackson
The Horse Loom: http://www.myspace.com/horseloom
Lomax the Songhunter: http://www.lomaxthesonghunter.nl