BBC RADIO 2 Folk Award 2013 Winner – Best Original Song with ‘Hatchling’
Emily Portman is the 2013 holder of the BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Original Song; an accolade which reflects her power to lure listeners into a complex and darkly surreal netherworld, conjuring a dark and brooding realm. Her ethereal voice and the trio's enchanting harmonies belie a world of dark storytelling, cruel deeds and sordid city landscapes, 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. The trio, featuring Emily, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton bewitches audiences with sirenic harmonies and haunting arrangements for harp, concertina, banjo, strings and saw.
Having showcased at Womex 2013, The Emily Portman trio have plans to take their music to wider audiences abroad in 2014. Emily is currently writing for her third album and will be showcasing this material in her November tour this year. Emily, Lucy and Rachel will also be busy touring with Alasdair Roberts in The Furrow Collective who release their debut album in February.
The Emily Portman Trio are:
Emily Portman: vocals, concertina, banjo
Lucy Farrell: vocals, viola, saw
Rachel Newton (The Shee): vocals, harp
‘[Emily] recasts antique folk and myth into stunning shapes … remarkable and original' Observer
'The raw stuff of the great ballads' Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
‘rampantly imaginative’ fRoots
'Intricate, beautiful and brittle, entrancing’ *****Rock & Reel.
'A unique and fantastic concept, perfectly executed and realised' Shirley Collins
Please Click Here to visit Emily Portman's website
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