Emily Portman – spring tour bids farewell to Rachel Newton

Emily Portman
Photograph by Elly Lucas

Following the success of Emily Portman’s short December tour with her all-new big band, The Coracle Band, the singer and concertina player is set to the hit the road again in March 2017 for a series of gigs that will see Emily and her band expand their repertoire, playing material from all three of her albums to date, Coracle, Hatchling and The Glamoury.

And it’s a must-see opportunity for Emily Portman fans as it signifies a new phase in the career of the Liverpool-based singer and songwriter.

The tour will see Emily bid farewell to one of her longest standing collaborators.

Emily has worked with singer and harpist, Rachel Newton, for over a decade, most recently in the Emily Portman Trio and her big band, The Coracle Band. But as Rachel’s own burgeoning solo career gathers momentum, it is time for Rachel to focus on her own work.

‘It’s been such a privilege to work with Rachel over the years. I’ll treasure the music we’ve made together and all the adventures we’ve had’ Emily says. ‘I’ll really notice Rachel’s absence in my songs, but I’m proud to see her focus on her own wonderful music, which richly deserves the praise it’s receiving.’

‘I’ve had such a fantastic time with Emily, touring and recording as part of the Trio and The Coracle Band,’ Rachel agrees, ‘and I’ve got so much to thank her for. I’ll really miss working on Emily’s material but look forward to continuing our musical relationship through The Furrow Collective.’

The March tour will be the last chance to catch Rachel in the Coracle Band line up, along with a stellar cast of musicians: Lucy Farrell (The Wayward Band), Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead), guitarist M G Boulter (Lucky Strikes) and drummer Pete Flood (Bellowhead).

Artist’s website: www.emilyportman.co.uk

‘When You’re Weary’ live:

Remaining Tour Dates…

24 March Northwall, Oxford

25 March Bridgwater Arts Centre, Bridgwater

26 March Blackheath Halls, London

27 March Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Ludlow