Rachel Newton

Friday February 9th 2018

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BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year 2017
Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year 2016

Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing and arranging her own music.

Rachel plays fiddle and viola in addition to harp and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling.

She was awarded a CATS Award for Best Music and Sound in 2009 for her work with the Rowantree Theatre Company.

A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of The Shee, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 Best Group The Furrow Collective and also plays with the Scottish/Norwegian group Boreas.

Rachel’s third solo album Here’s My Heart Come Take It was released in 2016. Her previous releases are The Shadow Side(2012) and Changeling (2014).

In 2016 Rachel received a Hands Up for Trad Ignition Award for Innovation, was awarded Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 at the Scots Trad Music Awards and is Musician of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017.

Her recent album Here’s My Heart Come Take It is shortlisted as one of Scotland’s top 10 outstanding albums in the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2017.

‘Haunting and compelling’
The Guardian

‘Harp and strings blur the border between worlds’
The Financial Times

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


Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp

Friday February 9th 2018

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“We take a no-nonsense approach to traditional English folk song, taking our cues from revival singers such as Frankie Armstrong, Peter Bellamy and the Watersons and placing an emphasis on strong vocals, tight harmonies and unfussy arrangements.

With repertoire drawn from and inspired by our homes in the North West and East Anglia, expect to hear a distinctive range of songs sung with passion.” Laura & Ted

“Their new EP is one of the most exciting things I’ve heard in a long time. There’s no artifice, no straining for clever effects at all. It’s just damn good songs sung beautifully.” Mike Harding.

“Good straight ahead, proper job folk duo like what they made in the 1970s. No silly folkist mannerisms, and not twee!” fRoots.