Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017
‘Instrumentalist of the Year’– Scots Trad Awards 2016
Founder member of The Furrow Collective, The Emily Portman Trio and The Shee, singer and harpist Rachel Newton also writes and performs her own solo material, releasing albums The Shadow Side in 2012 and Changeling in 2014.
Both solo and with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion, Rachel performs songs in English and Scottish Gaelic alongside original instrumental compositions. As well as voice and harp, Rachel also plays fiddle and viola and has worked across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. A skilled collaborator, Rachel also recently started working with Scottish/Norwegian band Boreas and was one of the eight musicians to work on The Elizabethan Session project.
Rachel released her mighty new album ‘Here’s My Heart Come Take it’ in April 2016.