Ethereal charms of the Emily Portman Trio

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

Coming to the De La Warr Pavilion on Friday April 29 is the Emily Portman Trio.

Emily has won a BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Original Song, for ‘Hatchling,’ an accolade which reflects her power to lure listeners into a complex and darkly surreal netherworld, conjuring a dark and brooding realm.

The trio, featuring Emily, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton is currently 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 it reinforces Emily’s growing reputation as a dazzlingly original singer and songwriter.

Entirely self-penned, Coracle weaves together themes from myth and folklore with personal reflections on motherhood and bereavement. With inspired 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 stellar 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.

Doors open from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14 from 01424 229111 or go to www.dlwp.com.