Super chuffed that Here's My Heart Come Take It is included on the shortlist for the SAY Award 2017 among a brilliant line up of albums. The ten shortlisted albums have been chosen from around 300 albums submitted for consideration across all genres of music produced by Scottish acts between April 2016 and March 2017. Find out more at http://www.sayaward.com
Delighted to have been named Musician of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017! The night got even better when The Furrow Collective won Best Group! What a party....
Season's Greetings! Thanks to all who came along to a gig or bought a C.D this year. It is much appreciated, Rachel x
I'm delighted to have become a recipient of the Hands Up for Trad Ignition Award! The award is for innovation in traditional music and you can read all about it here. Below is my acceptance video :)
I'm very excited to have had my first rehearsal with my new band! Joining my lovely trio members Mattie and Lauren are Michael Owers (who played brass on the new album) on trombone and Sarah Hayes on keys and vocals. I'm very lucky that these four brilliant musicians are up for playing music with me and can't wait to get on the road for some gigs in the future. Our first gig as the full band will be in Glasgow at the Hug and Pint on the 9th November. Tickets available here. As well as trying out some songs, we also made a couple of music videos for tracks from the album. Have a look!
My new album Here's My Heart Come Take It is out this Friday the 15th April and I'm delighted to have received some lovely reviews so far including from today's Observer, describing it as 'a beauty'.
Check out this new ten minute film by Somhairle MacDonald documenting the making of the album.
Delighted to be setting off on tour to promote the release of my new album Here's My Heart Come Take It. Dates below. Visit the live dates page for more info. You can also now pre-order the album from my website or, if you'd like to order a digital download, visit my Bandcamp page.
Delighted that my harp and I are featured in the most recent issue fRoots Magazine. Order your copy here!
It's been a great few months of music making. September saw the release of The Furrow Collective's new E.P 'Blow Out the Moon'. The record has gone down well, with 5 star reviews from both R2 and fRoots Magazines. Have a listen at our Bandcamp page or visit our website to order a copy.
Another release I was involved with in September was the new Boreas single. We were excited to share a track from our forthcoming album 'Ahoy Hoy' with a video. Check it out
October was possibly the craziest month of my life work wise, with many different gigs with various different bands in lots of different places! A highlight was the amazing Celtic Colours Festival, where I was performing with my trio. Here's a couple of the beautiful venues we played at
I had fun in November on tour with Emily Portman. We had a great time playing as a big band for the first time for our London performance. There will be more appearances from Emily Portman and The Coracle Band next year so look out for that. In the meantime, here's a live session we did for BBC Radio 2 at the start of the tour.
November also saw the announcement of The Shee's new project for 2016 'Continuum'. We're all very much looking forward to this special year to celebrate our ten year anniversary as a band starting with a Celtic Connections premiere on the 15th January. Read all about the project here.
I'm now back home in Glasgow and about to embark on the recording of my third solo album. I'm so excited to get started on it. I'll be heading down to Mattie Foulds' new studio Caribou Recording and working on new music with my trio (Mattie Foulds and Lauren MacColl). The album will be launched in spring 2016. Woop!
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.