My Debut Album - 'Neath the Gloaming Star'

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An extremely overdue update… but I released my debut album! Neath the Gloaming Star has been released to the world. I’m delighted with the response so far and very happy to hear people are enjoying the music I was lucky to make and record in April with some fantastic musicians.

Recorded in GloWorm Studios, Glasgow with Euan Burton at the helm (producer, engineering, mixing and bass-extraordinaire) and John Lowrie, Innes White, Sally Simpson, Conal McDonagh and Phil Cunningham making beautiful sounds on the 11 tracks, the album was officially released on 2nd September, with two main launch events: the first in the Blue Arrow Jazz Club, Glasgow (2nd), and second The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh (20th).

The album features a mix of carefully chosen traditional, self-penned and contemporary folk songs. I wanted the album to have a relaxed, lulling feel, with many of the songs thematically linking to nighttime/dusk and themes of hardship, loss and love.

It’s now available to buy from this site, Bandcamp, iTunes and most digital download/streaming services.

REVIEWS SO FAR:

★★★★★ “THE ABSOLUTE STAR OF THIS EXCELLENT ALBUM IS HANNAH RARITY'S VOICE, DELICATE AND PURE, FULL OF NUANCE…A DEBUT ALBUM THAT PACKS A QUIETLY POWERFUL PUNCH…”

NORTHERN SKY MAGAZINE

★★★★ “…DEBUT ALBUM SHOWCASES HER CRYSTAL-CLEAR DELIVERY…HER VOICE SOARS…”

THE SCOTSMAN

“WITH HANNAH’S CRYSTAL CLEAR VOICE, SPARKLING PRODUCTION AND THOROUGHLY ENGAGING ARRANGEMENTS, NEATH THE GLOAMING STAR IS A MUST-HAVE ALBUM…”

FOLK RADIO UK

“…IT’S EXQUISITELY LOVELY…HER PURE DICTION MAKES IT A JOY TO FOLLOW HER EXPRESSIVE STORYTELLING…TO KEEP THE LISTENER HANGING ONTO EVERY WORD.”

FOLKING.COM

  • BBC RADIO NAN GAIDHEAL, CAITHREAM CIUIL ALBUM OF THE WEEK - WEEK BEG 27 AUG

  • CELTIC MUSIC RADIO’S ALBUM OF THE WEEK - WEEK BEG 17 SEP

  • AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 FOLK SHOW WITH MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND TRAVELLING FOLK, BBC RADIO SHROPSHIRE GENEVIEVE TUDOR’S SUNDAY FOLK…


UPCOMING LIVE DATES

We’ve had some great launch gigs - thanks to all who came to see myself and the band! - but there are a few more opportunities to hear some of the new music before I spend the rest of the year working on some other exciting projects…

SEP 26th St Andrews , Byre Theatre (afternoon concert w Innes White) -TICKETS

SEP 30th Torphichen Summer Nights - TICKETS

OCT 3rd Aberdeen Folk Club, The Blue Lamp - INFO

OCT 4th Falkirk Folk Club (as part of Falkirk Storytelling Festival) - TICKETS

OCT 5th Cumnock Tryst Festival, with Live Music Now - INFO

OCT 15th - 19th Blazin' in Beauly (workshops & performance on 15th) - INFO

OCT 22nd Glenfarg Folk Club - INFO

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More updates soon - but for now, thank you for reading and for all the support I’ve received in relation to the album & its release. I can’t thank you enough.

Here’s a wee video from the BBC Proms in the Park a couple of weeks ago, which I was very lucky to be a part of (I had to put on a frock and pretend to be posh and everything! I don’t think anyone was fooled…) Song by the late great Andy M. Stewart and beautiful orchestration by John Ashton Thomas. x

Indiegogo Campaign & news for January and February!

As I get older, the years are starting to pass very quickly - and the beginning of this year has been no exception! I can't believe it's the middle of March (Sun, please come out. This weather and snow is so dreich and miserable...) It has been a very exciting time, however  - so, without further ado, here's what I've been up to!

Indiegogo Debut Album Campaign Launch

Last week I launched my Indiegogo crowdfunding page to raise funds to help me complete my debut album! The aim of the campaign is to take pre-orders which will help me cover the costs of arranging, recording and producing the album. Those who pledge will receive their copy, or any of the other perks or rewards on offer, prior to public release.

I have two months to achieve my target. I'm so grateful to those who have already contributed - I've received just over £1000 in one week! - and I would love to build on this and reach my goal. Any support at all is greatly appreciated.

To support my debut album or to find out more, Click here.

 

Save OUr strings - West Lothian council proposes cuts to string & percussion tuition

I would ask that if you value music education for young people from all backgrounds, not just those lucky enough to be able to afford private tuition, then please sign this petition against the proposal to cut string and percussion tuition and ensembles from schools within West Lothian. 

Learning an instrument at school and having access to music tuition was what sparked my interest in music. Without the opportunities afforded in schools, many musicians I know would not be where they are today.

To sign, click here.

Celtic Connections 2018

I didn't manage to catch as many gigs as I had been hoping to (in fact, two of my favourite bands at the moment were performing on the same nights I was on stage: Mandolin Orange & I'm With Her). Some of my favourites included Innes White's 'New Voices', which was really fantastic (not that I'm biased...), Rura and the Kinnaris Quintet, Vair and Farrland and the Dick Gaughan Benefit Concert, as well as some Late Night Sessions and nights at the Festival Club.

Of course, I had my own gig on the 24th January in the Strathclyde Suite, supporting Cathal McConnell. The audience were very warm and supportive - huge thanks if you managed to come along! - and I think it may have been one of my favourite gigs to date.

Big thanks to Oak and Thorn for their kind review:

"Her amazing vocal talents really showed on last song, Andy M. Stewart’s “Where Are You Tonight I Wonder.”  She took Stewart’s words and imbued them with a sadness that surpassed the original version – hard to believe if you weren’t there to see it."

Massive thanks to the band, and to Euan Burton for joining us on bass. 

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018

The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition took place on the 28th of January in the City Halls... and I was overwhelmed and delighted to be named the winner for 2018!

Anyone who was there on the night or was listening in will know that the competition really was anyone's game. It was such a privilege to share the stage with the other finalists. You can watch all the performances from the night here. (A massive thank you to John Lowrie and Calum Morrison for their help with my song arrangements for the evening.)

The few weeks that followed were a bit of a surreal blur! The next morning I headed to STV 2 to be interviewed and recorded with the band (Sally Simpson, Conal McDonagh and Innes White), I was on BBC Scotland's Timeline later that week and interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Travelling Folk' programme, which were all great fun.

Festival/Gig Announcements

A couple of festival announcements have come out for me for later in the year, including Tiree Music Festival and Blazin' in Beauly. It will be my first time to both and I'm so excited to be heading to Tiree and Beauly to perform and do some workshops!

Head to my GIGS page to keep up to date with my bookings for the year! 

  • Coming up: Scottish Thistle Awards for Visit Scotland on the 15th March and Irvine Folk Club with Innes White on the 28th March.

That's all for now - but I will be keeping you up to date with some music I'm listening to, gig announcements and some song covers over the next month or so.

Cheers! :) x

 

 

A very happy 2018 to you all!

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.

Looking out onto Milford Sound, South Island, NZ.

Looking out onto Milford Sound, South Island, NZ.

Beautiful lupins on the banks of Lake Tekapo, South Island, NZ.

Beautiful lupins on the banks of Lake Tekapo, South Island, NZ.

Our view of Mount Doom! Also know as Mt Ngauruhoe, in the Tongariro National Park, NZ.

Our view of Mount Doom! Also know as Mt Ngauruhoe, in the Tongariro National Park, NZ.

Myself and guitarist Calum Morrison performing a set in Zanzibar, Dunedin towards the end of our trip.

Myself and guitarist Calum Morrison performing a set in Zanzibar, Dunedin towards the end of our trip.

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.

With Mohsen and Calum at Glasgow Night Shelter.

With Mohsen and Calum at Glasgow Night Shelter.

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.

The BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalists, as photographed by Martin Forry.  David Shedden, Rory Matheson, Amy Papriansky, Ali Levack, Hannah Rarity and Luc McNally.

The BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalists, as photographed by Martin Forry.

David Shedden, Rory Matheson, Amy Papriansky, Ali Levack, Hannah Rarity and Luc McNally.

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.