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Rachel Newton


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‘The Shadow Side’ - nominated for Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2012

‘A remarkable and mature first album’ (Playlist Selection) fRoots

A highly original and brilliantly realised album that puts traditional music centre stage and then takes it off on some very original tangents R2 Magazine

‘beautifully executed’ The Living Tradition

‘the whole album delights beyond words’ Folk Radio UK

‘This is a finely, arranged, sung and played album. It shows that Rachel Newton is a musician that is more than capable being right at the forefront as well as part of the team’ Fatea

‘fascinating’ Bright Young Folk

‘endlessly captivating’

Rachel Newton, singer and harpist with BBC 2 Folk Award nominated The Shee and The Emily Portman Trio, has produced her debut solo album, ‘The Shadow Side’ on Shee Records. The album is comprised of mainly traditional songs in both English and Gaelic and also of Rachel’s own instrumental compositions.

‘The Shadow Side’ showcases both the acoustic and the electric harps and Rachel’s unique way of using them both to accompany songs and work together in an instrumental setting on her compositions.

Rachel plays fiddle and harmonium to add to the song accompaniment and the album also features guest musicians Kris Drever on vocals, guitar and mandolin (including a duet performance of the trad song ‘Green Willow’) and Mattie Foulds on percussion.

Photography for the album is by Somhairle MacDonald and design is by Lillias Kinsman-Blake.

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