Rachel Newton

Singer & Musician

Rachel Newton was brought up in Edinburgh and in the North-West Highlands. Attending a Gaelic medium school and involvement in Fèisean sparked her interest in traditional music from an early age. Her upbringing in both Highland and City cultures has meant that she has been influenced by diverse styles which is evident in her playing and singing.

Rachel attended the prestigious City of Edinburgh Music School, where she studied a range of disciplines including Gaelic and jazz singing, harp, fiddle, viola and piano. Rachel went on to study voice and harp on the BMus degree in Folk and Traditional Music in Newcastle. This broadened her horizons further, including forming a duo Rachel and Lillias, joining the BBC2 Folk Award-winning Emily Portman Trio, and co-founding Scots Trad Music Award-nominated six-piece band The Shee.

In July 2012, Rachel released her first solo album, 'The Shadow Side', which was nominated for 'Album of the Year' at the Trad Awards. She was also a finalist in the Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2005.

Rachel has performed all over the world and at various festivals including Celtic Connections, the Tonder Festival in Denmark and at Cambridge Folk Festival, England. She has also worked in theatre with the Rowantree Theatre Company, winning a CATS Award for Best Use of Music in 2009, performed at the Traverse in Andrew Greig's 'Found at Sea' and her singing is featured in Raindance Award-winning film 'The Inheritance'.

"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