Rachel Newton


Solo availability throughout 2019 with album tour 1-20 May 2019.


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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

24/01/2019Celtic Connections (Mitchell Library & Theatre)GLASGOW
08/03/2019Women Don't WaitPOBLA (Mallorca)
17/03/2019Kings PlaceLONDON
09/05/2019Bridport Arts CentreBRIDPORT
10/05/2019Collingbourne Kingston Village HallMARLBOROUGH
11/05/2019St Peter's ChurchCHIPPENHAM
12/05/2019Newton Toney Memorial HallSALISBURY
15/05/2019The Marlowe StudioCANTERBURY
17/05/2019Campfire ClubLONDON
20/05/2019Chesham Folk ClubCHESHAM
23/05/2019The Barn ArtsBANCHORY
26/05/2019The Old ChapelALFRISTON