Greetings from a very cold and blustery Glasgow! I've just moved back here after a good few years away and am enjoying settling in. With the move and everything else, it's been a fairly eventful couple of months.
At the beginning of June, I joined Blue Rose Code for a performance at Pacific Quay for the BBC Scotland Quay Sessions. Here's 'Edina'
June also saw the launch of Emily Portman's new album Coracle. We had a great launch tour, trying out lots of new effects pedals and finding ways to emulate what we'd recorded in a live setting. The album's been getting lots of praise in the press, with the Observer describing it as a 'Marvellous, original work' and fRoots and Songlines both giving the album 5 stars. Here we are trying to figure out how to work all our new pedals!
After the tour, I went on to teach at Tinto Summer School at Wiston Lodge near Biggar. I was teaching harp and mixed instrument and was so inspired by the creativity of the participants. The environment created by those running the week really encourages this creativity and it was such a pleasure to be part of it. I'd recommend it to anyone and there's an adult summer school now too. Find out more here
I'm very excited to have booked in to record another solo album at the end of the year. Still in the very early stages of planning at the moment, but it feels good to have a target to write some new music of my own for. This week we got the masters back for the new Boreas album and the new Furrow Collective E.P. More news on both of these soon.