I am excited to say that my new album Coracle is now in the making and will be out in June with live dates from 19th-28th. My Pledge Campaign is now live, where you can pre-order the album, be the first to hear it and lots more besides - I could even write you a song :-). You'll also be massively helping towards the launch of Coracle! Here's a little description of what's to come...
'A vivid tour de force of finely-crafted songs, Coracle is Emily Portman’s first entirely self-penned release that subtly spins together folk motifs with deeply personal reflections on motherhood and bereavement. Coracle shrugs off pigeon-holing and dances deftly between angular weird-folk and intricately-woven contemporary pop. Signaling an adventurous new direction for this critically celebrated singer, Emily treads fresh ground following the success of her BBC Folk award-winning release Hatchling.
With masterful production by the talented Andy Bell, Emily’s distinctive and unaffected voice rings out over atmospheric, intricately layered soundscapes. The Emily Portman Trio, including Lucy Farrell & Rachel Newton, provides a beguiling combination of harp, banjo, concertina, musical saw, strings and their three unique voices blend with sisterly precision. The trio are joined by a stellar cast of guest musicians including Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney, pedal steel guitarist M G Boulter, classical percussionist Toby Kearney and the bass vocals of Neil McSweeney. Coracle’s title track features a string section made up of top UK folk players and was recorded live in a church with spine-tingling results.
The result is a vital album that crackles with creative energy. A stand-out release, Coracle reinforces Emily Portman’s blossoming reputation as a dazzlingly original talent and is sure to enchant fans, old and new.'