Ethereal and inspired music from widely acclaimed folk artist

Emily Portman Trio at the De La Warr Pavilion
Emily Portman Trio at the De La Warr Pavilion

These are great days for Emily Portman who was nominated as Folk Singer Of The Year in the BBC Folk Awards this week.

She had already won one of these prestigious awards for Best Original Song in 2013 for Hatchling.

These accolades reflect Emily’s power to lure listeners into a complex and darkly surreal netherworld, conjuring a dark and brooding realm.

She plays tonight in the cafe bar in the Emily Portman Trio, which features herself, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton.

The trio has been bewitching audiences with sirenic harmonies and haunting arrangements for harp, concertina, banjo, strings and saw.

Emily’s latest album Coracle is her most ambitious yet, scaling new creative heights, and reinforces Emily’s growing reputation as a singer and songwriter.

Her first entirely self-penned album, Coracle weaves together themes from myth and folklore with reflections on motherhood and bereavement. With amazing production work from Andy Bell, the beguiling harmonies of the Emily Portman Trio sing out over an atmospheric, layered soundscape of harp, strings, bells, guitars, musical saw and percussion.

Coracle features a cast of guest musicians including Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney, guitarist M G Boulter and classical percussionist Toby Kearney as well as a sublime string section made up of the top UK folk players. The result is an album that sparkles with confidence and crackles with creativity.

Emily said she was “delighted” to be nominated in this year’s BBC Folk Awards which were judged on Wednesday night.

She said early this week: “ It’s a particular honour to be in the fine company of Eliza Carthy, Sam Lee and Rhiannon Giddens in this category. The BBC Folk Awards will be announced at The Royal Albert Hall, London on April 27. The Furrow Collective are also up for Best Traditional Track for Rachel Newton’s beautiful rendition of The Unquiet Grave, so it’s going to be a good party!” Tickets £14.