Tue 6th June, 20178:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
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Instrumentalist Of The Year
We’re delighted to share the news that the multi-talented Rachel Newton won the Instrumentalist Of The Year category at MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards at Caird Hall in Dundee.
Nominated for ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017
The singer and harpist has won many hearts with her beautiful interpretations of traditional folk songs, in both English and Gaelic, as well as her superb writing and arranging skills.
Founder member of The Furrow Collective, The Emily Portman Trio and The Shee, singer and harpist Rachel Newton also writes and performs her own solo material, releasing albums The Shadow Side in 2012 and Changeling in 2014.
Both solo and with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion, Rachel performs songs in English and Scottish Gaelic alongside original instrumental compositions. As well as voice and harp, Rachel also plays fiddle and viola and has worked across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. A skilled collaborator, Rachel also recently started working with Scottish/Norwegian band Boreas and was one of the eight musicians to work on The Elizabethan Session project.
Rachel released her mighty new album ‘Here’s My Heart Come Take it’ in April 2016.
‘Haunting vocals and elegant harp’ The Guardian
‘Harp and strings blur the border between worlds’ The Financial Times
‘This is the sound of modern Scotland, as surely as draws on folklore and tradition, Newton’s singing and harp at the heart of a singular vision.’ The Herald
‘Rachel Newton is well equipped to take centre stage in her own right and this second solo album is a beauty…fascinating stuff’ (5* Playlist Selection) – fRoots Magazine
Top of the World Editor’s Pick – Songlines Magazine