Radio 2 Folk Award Musician of the Year to play at Ropery Hall

The end of the month Folk Night on April 29 at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall features singer and harpist Rachel Newton who earlier this month won BBC Radio 2’s Folk Award Musician of the Year 2017 award.

Rachel has performed all over the world and at major festivals including the Tonder Festival in Denmark, Cambridge Folk Festival, and Celtic Connections.

Awarded the Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year in 2016,  Rachel writes and performs her own solo material, releasing albums The Shadow Side in 2012 and Changeling in 2014 and, a year ago, her latest album, Here’s My Heart Come Take It.

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.

“Born and brought up in Edinburgh her interest in traditional music was sparked at an early age and her upbringing, both in Edinburgh and the Highlands,  has meant that she has been strongly influenced by a diversity of styles and this is highly evident in both her playing and singing,” said Mick Harding of promoters Mad Dog Folk.

Tickets to see Rachel’s gig, which begins at 8pm, cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door.  Tickets can be bought through www.roperyhall.co.uk

 

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