27th February 2020
Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing and arranging her own music. Rachel plays fiddle and viola in addition to harp and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of The Shee, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 Best Group The Furrow Collective and is a part of the Lost Words: Spell Songs. Rachel's fourth solo album West was released in 2018. Her previous releases are The Shadow Side (2012), Changeling (2014) and Here's My Heart Come Take It (2016).
Rachel was awarded Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 at the Scots Trad Music Awards and Musician of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017. Her album Here's My Heart Come Take It was shortlisted as one of Scotland's top 10 outstanding albums in the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2017. She was awarded a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for Best Music and Sound in 2009 for her work with the Rowantree Theatre Company.
Rachel was last seen in Crail at the Festival when she provided some music for Clive Russell’s Desert Island Poems. Let’s not forget her lighter side with songs like Dolly Parton’s Jolene!
Not to be missed.
'A beauty' **** Observer
'Haunting and compelling' **** 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
'Newton has made the leap to a fine solo performer and this album is perhaps her best yet' **** The Telegraph
'Rachel Newton is well equipped to take centre stage in her own right and this second solo album is a beauty...fascinating stuff' (Playlist Selection) - ***** fRoots Magazine
Top of the World Editor's Pick - Songlines Magazine