Rachel Newton


Trio: 18-24 Sept  & Solo: Oct/Nov 2017


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Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017

‘Instrumentalist of the Year’– Scots Trad Awards 2016

Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces. Rachel performs solo, with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion and with a full band when they’re joined by Michael Owers on trombone and Sarah Hayes on keys.

A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of the successful UK folk bands The Shee and The Furrow Collective. She also plays fiddle and viola and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling.

Rachel released her mighty new album ‘Here’s My Heart Come Take it’ in April 2016.

‘A beauty’ **** Observer

‘Newton has made the leap to a fine solo performer and this album is perhaps her best yet’ **** Telegraph

‘Haunting and compelling’ **** Guardian

‘Brings traditional songs freshly to life without losing their essential strangeness’ **** Financial Times

‘Newton delivers a thing of great beauty’ ***** fROOTS Magazine

‘Breaking new ground as a fresh approach to the tradition’ **** Songlines Magazine

‘Sweetly divine’ Daily Record

‘An album that enthrals and entrances, places traditional song under a fascinating new spotlight and confirms Rachel Newton as one of our most original and gifted interpreters of those traditions’ Folk Radio UK

‘An exceptional set of material’ Bright Young Folk


Tour Dates

03/04/2017Folk on MondayLONDON
04/04/2017Ropetackle Arts CentreSHOREHAM
05/04/2017The Marlowe TheatreCANTERBURY
29/04/2017Ropery HallBARTON UPON HUMBER
02/06/2017The Ceilidh Place (Trio)ULLAPOOL
03/06/2017Eden Court Theatre (Full Band)INVERNESS
06/06/2017Chapel Arts Centre (Trio)BATH
07/06/2017West End Centre (Full Band)ALDERSHOT
08/06/2017South Street Arts Centre (Full Band)READING
09/06/2017The Forge at the Anvil (Trio)BASINGSTOKE
11/06/2017Pitlochry Festival Theatre (Trio)PERTHSHIRE
16/06/2017Traverse Theatre (Full Band)EDINBURGH
13/06/2017Drygate Brewing Co. (Full Band)GLASGOW
27/06/2017St David's Hall (Full Band)CARDIFF
28/07/2017Cambridge Folk FestivalCAMBRIDGE
10/08/2017Sidmouth FolkWeekSIDMOUTH