Singer, harpist and composer Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting and reworking traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic alongside her own innovative compositions. Rachel was the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year and has also been awarded Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, the Ignition Award for Innovation and a Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Use of Music (CATS) with The Rowantree Theatre Company. Her album Here's My Heart Come Take It was shortlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award as one of Scotland's top ten outstanding albums and was described as 'a beauty' in the Observer. Alongside her burgeoning solo career, Rachel is a much in demand collaborator and is a founding member of The Shee and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Group 2017 The Furrow Collective as well as being an integral part of various commissioned group projects such as The Elizabethan Session and The Lost Words Spell Songs.
Award: Transmission Fund
Instrument/voice type: Harp