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Rachel Taylor-Beales

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Rachel takes the stage, shuts her eyes and sings. Soulful and resonant like some fallen chorister, hers is a voice thick enough to stand a spoon in. The blend of the acoustic and the jazz, the soft and the skeptical, the old and the new, are punctuated by an instinct to examine life and sift out little pieces of truth. In essence she is a storyteller re-counting her observations with humour, anger, sweetness and all of them dressed in her mesmeric, dancing voice. These are songs to celebrate our extra-ordinary ordinariness, the dignity in the mundane and the good in the sad.

By the age of 12 Rachel had notched up 13 different houses, 7 schools and 5 relocations between Australia and the UK. Surrounded by a family of musicians she picked up a spare guitar and 2 years later began by writing a song about the death of her best friend’s granddad. She remembers hearing Tori Amos on the radio, late during one sleepless night, already on a borrowed diet of Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, and the Beach Boys, music soon became as natural as breathing.

She began performing regularly on the Nottingham scene; met Bill (a visual artist) got hitched and left for Australia. They spent the next 4 years travelling round on variety of modes of transport from push bikes to station wagons held together with string, and after playing and painting in all kinds of places, they formed a performing arts company, 3 Chord Trick (Now Collective AM). Along the way they picked up other singer-songwriters, dancers and a rainmaker and decided firmly never to get proper jobs.

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  • musicdish

    Fans of Rachel Taylor-Beales should also check out Bethany & Rufus...

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • stevethack

    ok the new album isn't available on last yet, but for anyone listening to the first one just to let you know the second is bloody fantastic. red tree really is a development from brilliant blue.

    1 Jul 2008 Reply