Congratulations to Rachel Walker who has been nominated in Gaelic singer of the Year sponsored by The Highland Society of London in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Rachel Walker the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
I’m a Gaelic singer based in Lochaber. I’ve been singing in Gaelic almost as long as I can remember and nowadays perform with Cruinn and Skipinnish and have been working on a new solo album – my first in more than ten years! As well as singing I write songs and conduct Lochaber Gaelic Choir.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
I was brought up in Kinlochewe on the West Coast of Scotland, and introduced to Gaelic songs by my school teacher. Village cèilidhs throughout the winter were part of community life where local singers would share their songs and encourage me to take part. I fell in love with the melodies and beautiful lyrics of Gaelic songs, and I think it’s vitally important that these songs are heard and shared as a real treasure of Scottish culture.
Any particular career highlights?
I’ve been lucky to travel to some amazing places and work with some lovely people. Highlights have been representing Scotland at the Liet International song contest, singing beautiful harmonies with Cruinn, performing at a sold out Barrowland with Skipinnish, but best of all singing a good Gaelic song in good company. I’m really grateful for the support of social media friends over such a difficult year for music, and it’s lovely to be part of the virtual Trad Awards this year!
What are your plans for the future?
I’m working towards the launch of my brand new album ‘Gaol’ in December and hoping to be able to get out and do some real live gigs one day!
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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