Rachel, born in Wales and now living in Cornwall, has, over the last few years, been building a reputation for herself around the UK as an outstanding singer of traditional and contemporary folk songs and ballads.
She is a stunning vocalist who accompanies her voice with a 36 string Welsh folk harp, handmade in the village where she was born. Her versatile and fluid style enables her to perform contemporary pieces to harp accompaniment as if they had been written that way in the first place. Combining the sensitivity of her folk origins with fronting a rock band, Rachel is quite unique in her field.
She quotes her main vocal influences as Joan Baez, Mary Black and KD Lang.
In 2000 Rachel travelled to Eire with her band ’Common Ground’ to represent Cornwall in the International Pan-Celtic Song Competition in Tralee. They won with their entry ‘Tir Kemmyn’ (Common Ground) an upbeat contemporary folk song in the Cornish language, with the highest marks ever awarded. As well as recording solo and with Common Ground, she has also completed the soundtrack recording for the Radio 4 drama ‘Underground’ written by Nick Darke, and in 2001 arranged and recorded the title track for the feature film ‘Bitter Sweet’.
In 2002 Rachel began a musical partnership with composer and keyboard guru Oliver Wakeman. Rachel has a diverse recording history and is an experienced studio and session musician.
RACHEL – O’R DDWY OCHR / BOTH SIDES of folk and other acoustic songs for SAIN contains songs in Cornish, Welsh, Manx as well as English.
- HWEROW HWEG
- THIS LOVE WILL CARRY
- BOTH SIDES OF THE TWEED
- SYMUD DRWY'R FFAIR
- TROYTE'S CHANT
- BUGEILIO'R GWENITH GWYN
- THORN UPON THE ROSE
- CARIAD CYNTAF
- FIELDS OF GOLD
- JUAN-Y-JAGGARD KEEAR