‘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
|23/03/2018||Edinburgh International Harp Festival (with Trio)||EDINBURGH|
|07/04/2018||Coronation Hall (with Band)||ULVERSTON|
|09/04/2018||Kings Place (with Band)||LONDON|
|19/04/2018||Silver Street Sessions||TAUNTON|
|20/04/2018||Guildford Folk Club||GUILDFORD|
|24/07/2018||Folkworks Junior Summer School||DURHAM|
|14/08/2018||The Ceilidh Place||ULLAPOOL|
|29/09/2018||Allen Valleys Folk Festival||ALLENDALE|