Congratulations to Rachel Newton who has been nominated in Original Work of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Rachel Newton the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
I am a singer and harpist working as a solo artist and with bands including The Shee, The Furrow Collective and The Lost Words: Spell Songs. I also often collaborate across various performance platforms including theatre and storytelling
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
I grew up immersed in Gaelic music both at school and as a participant of Fèisean.
Any particular career highlights?
My album Here’s My Heart Come Take It was shortlisted for a Scottish Album of the Year (Say) Award and I’ve been named Musician of the Year in both the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and the Scots Trad Music Awards. I’ve also organised various campaigns and events, including the Trad. Reclaimed: Women in Folk festival at Kings Place, London.
What are your plans for the future?
I am about to release my fifth solo album To The Awe and I have several other recording projects in the pipeline, including a new duo venture. Watch this space!
The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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