Emily Portman Trio Wed 11 November, 5.45pm, £5 Howard Assembly Room, 2nd floor Leeds Grand Theatre Our ever-popular Twilight concerts are renowned for injecting some much needed mid-week brightness after work has finished for the day – leaving you not only feeling musically enriched but (as it’s just an hour) you still have a whole evening to play with! This season’s offering has an intense folk-flavour as Emily Portman Trio enchants with rich arrangements and sensational harmonies luring you into a complex and darkly surreal netherworld. With numerous accolades under her belt and a trophy cabinet that just keeps growing, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Emily Portman has been described as ‘one of the great interpreters of traditional ballads from the magical end of the spectrum’ (Songlines) and it’s no surprise why. Her ethereal voice draws you into her beautiful, yet dark, stories that stretch from mythical and magical realms – the perfect accompaniment to an autumn evening. Portman is joined by highly sought-after soloists in their own right: Lucy Farrell (voice, viola and saw) and Rachel Newton (voice, harp and fiddle). Familiar faces on the folk scene, the trio also perform alongside leading contemporaries including respected musician Alasdair Roberts in The Furrow Collective and folk-legend Eliza Carthy in Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young. Steeped in folklore and inspired, in part, by traditional balladry, this early evening concert features music from Emily Portman’s critically acclaimed album Coracle as well as music from her back catalogue. Tickets are £5 and can be booked at Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office on 0844 848 2727 or securely online at howardassemblyroom.co.uk.