No better time to start keeping you up to date with what has been happening than the beginning of a new year! Happy New Year to you all and I hope 2018 is a good one for you and yours. I spent my Hogmanay singing and bringing in the bells at The Boyd Roderick in Glasgow's Southside and had a great party (I even finally got to eat some crisps, which I had given up for 2017) - hurrah!
From the beginning of November I took a 5 week break and travelled the two islands of New Zealand and then Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, taking time to travel to places I had been wishing to visit for a long time. I managed to see friends and family along the way and made some new friends through the various hostels and places we stayed. New Zealand is such a beautiful country - what an adventure. I even managed to squeeze in a gig at the end of the trip in a lovely bar in Dunedin with my boyfriend, and guitarist, Calum Morrison.
I was sad to miss the party that was the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards at the start of December! I was humbled to be nominated for Scots Singer of the Year 2017. Thanks to all who voted and congratulations to all who picked up awards.
After arriving back in December I was happy to be busy with work for Live Music Now with guitarist Luc McNally. We spent the two weeks before Christmas visiting a range of care homes in the central belt of Scotland. Before one lovely session with Alzheimer Scotland in the Campsie Glen, we took time to film our version of a popular Christmas song in the Aldessan Cafe.
I'm happy to say plans for my debut album began talking shape this month. I plan to record in Glasgow in April and will be working with Euan Burton, who I'm very happy has agreed to produce the album. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR UPDATES!
Christmas Day was a quiet one, but I travelled through to Glasgow to spend part of the day in Glasgow Night Shelter with charity Live Music Now, Mohsen Amini (Talisk) and Calum Morrison (Farrland) to sing and play some songs and tunes! I even got a dance from some of the group there that day, working off some extra calories to fit Christmas dinner in.
I was delighted to be interviewed by Jim Gilchrist for The Scotsman in December, also, and to be considered 'One to Watch in 2018'. You can now read the full article here: https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/music/ones-to-watch-in-2018-folk-singer-hannah-rarity-1-4657011
"Warm-toned yet delicately poised, it demonstrated Rarity’s ability to utterly inhabit a song..."
Looking forward, January is a busy month (both with gigs and attending gigs!) The 25th Anniversary of Celtic Connections kicks off in a couple of weeks and I'm delighted to be performing as part of it.
24th January - I'll be performing with my band (featuring Innes White, Sally Simpson, Conal McDonagh and Euan Burton) before The Cathal McConnell Trio in the Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
28th January - I'll be in the City Halls, performing in the final of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The weekend of the semi-finals in October was lovely. I know all of the finalists as friends either through playing together or studying at the Royal Conservatoire, and so I know it'll be a great night of entertainment.
I hope to see some of you over the next month and I will be back to update in February - Hope you all have a great Celtic Connections if you are going to see some of the fantastic music on offer in Glasgow this month.