Singer and harpist Rachel Newton was named the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year and the Scots Trad Music Award Instrumentalist of the Year 2016. Her third solo album Here’s My Heart Come Take It was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award as one of Scotland’s top ten outstanding albums and was described as ‘a beauty’ in the Observer. Alongside her burgeoning solo career, Rachel is a much in demand collaborator. A founding member of The Shee and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 Best Group The Furrow Collective, she has also been involved in various collaborative projects such as The Elizabethan Session and The Lost Word Spell Songs. Her most recent album West was recorded in her Grandparents’ croft house in Wester Ross and was described by Songlines as ‘one of her most beautiful albums to date’.
November 2020 marks the release of an ambitious new album from singer, harpist and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year winner Rachel Newton.
The album will focus on songs and texts based particularly around women’s experience, drawing from both Rachel’s contemporary influences and her background in Gaelic culture, and working from the traditional ballad songs and stories she grew up with to create a sound that is original and unique.
Rachel holds a great interest in developing her composition and performance beyond the parameters of the genre she works in and will draw upon her varied experiences to create an album and live show that is innovative and unchartered. She will work with a creative sound engineer and use onstage technology alongside her electro-harp to create a fresh, big, bold sound.
‘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