Emily Portman

Emily Portman is an award-winning singer, songwriter, banjo and concertina player, and ‘One of the new British folk scene’s most beguiling presences‘ (Uncut). As a songwriter Emily is best known for her ability to conjure darkly surreal netherworlds where folklore and fairytale collide with urban landscapes. She tours widely, currently with new duo partner Rob Harbron and traditional song band The Furrow Collective, who were awarded ‘Best Band’ in the 2017 BBC Folk awards. Emily was awarded a BBC Folk award for Best Original Song for her Greek myth-inspired lullaby ‘Hatchlings’ and nominated for ‘Best Singer’ in the 2016 folk awards. Emily’s latest original solo album Coracle features new compositions drawing on British ballads and folktales, exploring themes of motherhood, death and other worlds. Described as ‘a marvellous, original work‘ by the Observer, Coracle placed Emily on the fROOTs magazine cover for the second time and received airplay from the likes of Jarvis Cocker on 6 Music and Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2.