Rachel Newton


Solo dates: 18 Apr and 1, 3-5 Oct (Scotland) and 8-10, 14 Oct UK-wide 2018 plus available with band for festivals.


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‘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

23/03/2018Edinburgh International Harp Festival (with Trio)EDINBURGH
07/04/2018Coronation Hall (with Band)ULVERSTON
09/04/2018Kings Place (with Band)LONDON
19/04/2018Silver Street SessionsTAUNTON
20/04/2018Guildford Folk ClubGUILDFORD
21/04/2018The HiveSHREWSBURY
18/05/2018Bath FestivalBATH
01/06/2018Campfire ClubLONDON
24/07/2018Folkworks Junior Summer SchoolDURHAM
14/08/2018The Ceilidh PlaceULLAPOOL
29/09/2018Allen Valleys Folk FestivalALLENDALE